Because we do not have television we’ve always relied on a weather radio to monitor our local weather conditions. It has weather alert capacity such that an alarm will sound if the National Weather Service should issue statements including watches and warnings. The alert system is tested on Wednesday and although yesterday was Wednesday there was something about the darkening sky to the north that told us, when the alarm sounded around four in the afternoon, that this was not a test and that there was heavy weather coming our way. Sure enough we experienced an unusual and very powerful front that passed by the farm in two waves. The weather radio sounded the alarm and continued to do so every half hour until about nine by which time the front had passed. Although the radar was suggestive of a deluge, we didn’t get all that much moisture; and given the dire warnings of strong winds and hail, we were very glad when none transpired. We were, however, treated to some very beautiful cloud formations. Both of the images here were taken with the Hx9V (because I was afraid to take the D600 out into the rain). You should know that the magnificent arc of clouds is not an artifact of the super-wide, panoramic, view – there is actually very little distortion here and this is a pretty darn good representation of what the rapidly moving edge of the front looked like.