Weather is a prominent character in the legends of the American West. “Blizzard” likely became a part of the region’s vocabulary sometime in the mid-1800s, but the meaning of the word ranged from a winter snowstorm – as it’s used today – to the blast of a gun, a verbal bombardment, and even a shot of liquor.
On American Prairie Reserve, the warm temperatures of recent weeks have turned snowdrifts into standing water and seasonal ponds, making it seem more like spring than winter. However, history tells us that the next storm can be right around the corner, with clouds building on the horizon and unleashing their power across the plains.
Photo by Diane Hargreaves