Something Blue – Photo A Day (#fmsphotoaday)
Photo 1 – A Blue Norther rolling across the plains.
Photo 2 – The sun tries to break through the clouds as the Blue Norther takes over.
Yes, the sky was this dark blue — almost black. We were driving down highway 287; so we had the perfect opportunity
to see the clouds rolling in.
Blue Northers are part of life in the Texas Panhandle. My grandfather would say, “A Blue Norther’s coming.” And sure enough the temperature would drop and clouds would take over the sky within a few hours. I never knew how he’d know before the weather started changing. Are you wondering just what a Blue Norther is or what causes it? I found this information on weather.com.
A Blue Norther is a fast-moving cold front that causes temperatures to drop dramatically
and quickly. Common characteristics are a dark blue-black sky, strong winds, and
temperatures than can drop 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit in a few minutes.
While Blue Northers can occur in other parts of the country, the phenomenon is commonly
associated with the Texas panhandle. According to the Texas State Historical Association,
the term “Blue Norther” has at least three colorful attributions:
“The term refers, some say, to a norther that sweeps ‘out of the Panhandle under a
blue-black sky’—that is, to a cold front named for the appearance of its leading edge. Another
account states that the term refers to the appearance of the sky after the front has blown through,
as the mid-nineteenth-century variant blew-tailed norther illustrates. Yet another derives the term
from the fact that one supposedly turns blue from the cold brought by the front.
Does the area where you live have weather similar to Blue Northers? Does your area have weather that other parts of the world doesn’t experience?