‘Chinooks’ are characterized by an arching band of cloud above the mountains that precedes a warm, dry wind rushing down to the plains. A Chinook forms as an Alaskan low-pressure area draws warm, moist Pacific air over the mountains, causing large snowfall. Then, the remaining dry warm air pushes over into the prairies giving those who live in Calgary, a very welcome gift during the winter months. “Chinook” is claimed by popular folk-etymology to mean ‘snow-eater’ as a strong wind can make snow one foot deep almost vanish in one day. Fun fact: In Pincher Creek in 1962, the temperature rose from -19°C to + 22°C (41°C swing) within one hour thanks to a Chinook.
I love Chinooks not only because they are a beautiful relief from the cold, but my art needs to cure in at least 10°C. So when I hear a Chinook is on its way, it’s my chance to get painting!
Medium: Alcohol Ink
Created: December 2018
Weight: 8 lbs