Skywatch Friday – Thunder Rolls Edition

We got our March weather going on, cold and windy one day, hot and windy the next.

With every once in a while a windy glorious day.

Wind is just a fact of life in Oklahoma. Good for flying kites, bad for flying drones.

Grass Fire

Also bad for grass fires in the spring before the prairie turns green.


As I mentioned on the Skywatch Friday page, the family of the Ree Drummond, of Pioneer Woman fame, is going through a tragedy. Ms. Drummond’s husband and his nephew had a head on collision while driving fire trucks battling a blaze on their property. The husband refused treatment but the nephew is suffering severe injuries. I’ve never met them but we watch their television show. I know people who know the family and they all say that what you see on the media is just what the family is, genuine. Anyway, my prayers go out to the family.

Oil Prices in March 2021

And a little editorial here. Lots of people are wondering if the recent rise in gasoline prices are related to our present President’s executive orders. I don’t think it. Above is a chart of oil prices over the last year. When the economy tanked in March of 2020 due to the Pandemic, the price of oil cratered as well. In fact on one glorious, hopefully never to be repeated day, oil prices were negative. Since then the price has rebounded, mainly due to the economy recovering. It doesn’t have anything to do with who is president, it has more to do with the economy and what kind of mood OPEC is in.

And now a musical interlude. This deal with the Pioneer Woman reminded me of what I love about Oklahoma. I’ve lived here for about thirty five years and yes, it has problems but the people are big hearted, generous and welcoming. It made me think of Garth Brooks. He reminds me so many Oklahomans I have met. Very down to earth. So here is one of his songs.

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19 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Thunder Rolls Edition

  1. Carol

    late winter and early spring are still dry season here in Florida and by late spring there are brush fires from the dry areas around central Florida. sometimes it only take a spark to start a bad blaze. Spring is when I pray for rain. Love your photos today Alan

  2. Junie-Jesh

    Similar weather here in Austin. Never lived at a place where the wind seems to blow almost every day! Kites I like, but am not so sure about drones. Except for taking real estate photos it feels like an invasion of privacy to me. Yeah I notice gas prices are soaring, but since I don’t have to make trips of 1 1/2 hr. to do groceries, I’m not worrying. Great skies, and the one with the sand, that could be summer:) Have a great weekend, Jesh

  3. Peter B.

    Pretty skies, with wind the common denominator! I can’t get my head around negative oil prices (or any commodity that goes below zero). Kind of like someone giving me money to fill up my tank with gas!

  4. Amy Franks

    We are just in the beginning of Autum here so its pretty much the same thing here but it’s good that we’re getting cooler temperatures.

  5. Alana

    The gas prices are skyrocketing here in New York State like so many other places – was nice reading your explanation as someone experienced in the industry. I did see the news about Ree Drummond on the Skywatch site and am saddened – and thinking of the family. I used to read her blog years ago, and my late mother in law loved her TV show. Thank you for letting me know; I hadn’t heard at all about this. I love “Thunder Rolls” – I came to it through a rock cover of the song.

  6. MaryBeth Schwartz

    Thanks for the info one the Pioneer Woman’s family. She mentioned hospital but now details. Good vibes going their way.
    My daughter lives on a ranch in Eastern and they have their own fire equipment and I worry about them answering neighboring calls.

  7. JM Illinois U.S.A.

    Greetings and Salutations from Illinois! I haven’t ever watched the Pioneer Family; but sending thoughts and prayers their way. Gas prices are over $3 here in Illinois. Drones and wind I don’t think go together. Betcha the wind even rips up kites but who doesn’t itch to try it out?

  8. Barb

    Already pasture fires that’s scary! We’ve had lots of wind in Breckenridge this winter which is usual. Now, we’re due for some snow, but the storm seems to be parked over Denver and the Front Range. Bob and I barely use gas since we only go for groceries about every 10 days and drive about 20 miles round trip.

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