The morning of our ever-changing skies

The expression, “If you don’t like the weather in Prince George, wait five minutes,” is a common one, especially in spring and autumn.

On Friday morning, however, the saying could have been changed to, “If you don’t like the colour of the sky in Prince George, wait five minutes.”

I went in to the CFIS office about 4 a.m. to do the Morning Citizen and the weather update. The score was quite smoky, but nothing too strange.

I went back home, and was doing some of stuff on the computer when people started posting on Facebook about how dark it was getting. I took a look outside, and yes, it was definitely darker than it had been before the dawn.

By the time I headed over to the BCNE around 8 that morning, it had lightened up a bit. When I went out to one of the gates there about 8:20 to make After Nine host Nathan Giede had a pass to get in, it was even a bit lighter, but as I chatted with the security person at the gate, we could see the darkness rolling in by the second.

The really strange thing was every time I walked by the 4-H barns that morning, I heard roosters crowing. I could only imagine their confusion as they tried to figure out how many times the sun was going to appear that morning from the darkness.

Thankfully, by the end of the After Nine show, the skies had actually cleared up to some extent, and stayed that was most of the day.

The funny thing I found was when it was smokiest, it seemed like I couldn’t smell the smoke, but when it got lighter, I could, which makes no sense at all.

It was another really good time at the BCNE, spending at least a couple of hours a day there, either live with a show or our usual voicetracking for the music we play, or greeting people at our booth.

And now I have to wait another year to do it all over again. Hopefully the sky will stay one colour for the four days.