Chinook Wind Colors

Connie Kelts

A wanderer by nature, my art reflects my passion. Wild places and the wonders of nature are my inspiration. My unconventional history has molded me into what I am today.

May 3, 2021

Chinook Wind Colors

Chinook wind arch’s are created by the winds common to Southern Alberta. Sunsets have an enchantment that captivates us all at one time or an other. The inspiration for this painting was witnessed in Southern Alberta, farming country. A sudden weather change created this magic combination of colors. Dust, high winds and a rapid drop in barometric pressure created an inversion that turned this fall day in to a bit of magic. The Chinook Arch is the hallmark of this sky.

One of its most striking features is a band of stationary stratus clouds caused by air rippling over the mountains due to orographic lifting. To those unfamiliar with it, the Chinook arch may look like a threatening storm cloud at times. However, they rarely produce rain or snow. They can also create stunning sunrises and sunsets.

The stunning colours seen in the Chinook arch are quite common. Typically, the colours will change throughout the day, starting with yellow, orange, red and pink shades in the morning as the sun comes up, grey shades at midday changing to pink / red colours, and then orange / yellow hues just before the sun sets.

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