It starts with a light breeze, and usually prominent sky and cloud formations. Before long it turns into a force of warm wind that eats the snow, dries the land and causes havoc with its intensity. There have been instances of 30-degree temperature changes in three to four hours.
This weather phenomenon known as a Chinook has its perks, too. The warm winds with their snow eating capability will open up winter grazing land allowing ranchers to take advantage of the gift from Mother Nature.
Unfortunately, it does have a bad side, too - dehydrating the land and causing possible fire hazards. With winds howling and ground drying out any sighting of smoke on the horizon, at any time of the year, causes everyone to shudder.
Still, when the wind picks up, it’s natural to look skyward and off to the West to confirm what’s coming our way.
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