Being able to really witness the power of an approaching storm in advance requires some wide open space and I guess that's why this picture got my attention. I have spent much of my life living in open space areas, and the warnings of what is coming are readily available visually if we just take the time to look. Frankly, I thing sometimes our weather folks would do better using the visual method, judging from their track record of accuracy. After all, they want to tell us what is going to happen to earth years in advance based upon models, yet they can't even tell us with reasonable certainty what will happen this afternoon.
Now there are really only two places I know of where an upcoming storm like the one in the picture gives plenty of visual advance notice. One is on the water or on an ocean beach and the second is in the wide open spaces of rural living. Since I have experienced storms from such locations the majority of my life, I can tell you there is no reason not to know what is coming. And even so, in situations like being on the water when a sudden storm approaches, or having domestic animals that must be cared for in rural life, sometimes there is no escaping the wrath of that same storm. And while, yes, it is something that concerns us, especially in major violent storms like tornadoes, tropical storms or massive thunder and lightning occurrences, they must be faced. They can also teach us a lesson for the future for they certainly have taught me as the following little story indicates and it was a tragedy.