And so it begins. Today - well, the first of March anyway, I carried the first thunderstorm of the new year in an early morning weather observation. Thankfully, I was going outside regularly and I was able to catch the gust front with the associated shelf cloud. I was up on the sixth floor deck when the winds shifted, increased, cooler air moved over the station, and shortly after the rains began. All winter my job as a weather observer has been tranquil, even during fog events once the fog settles in the visibility and the ceilings change little for hours on end. But, thunderstorms! This is the weather where I seriously earn my pay. Granted, nice weather means I get to read - a lot! But, thunderstorms means time flies, my steps increase, and I see some amazing skies! Jeff, like this morning, will invariably begin texting me with his own weather observation at whatever job site he is on: thunder, lightning, we’ve got rain! Usually, I can’t respond until I get a lull in the weather because between cumulonimbus remarks, visibility changes, ceiling changes, and thunderstorm and lightning remarks as soon as I get one observation sent out into the world I am back outside observing the rapidly changing weather. I was so excited to capture this sky!