What, it’s Friday already again? Where has this week gone? It seems like just yesterday it was only Thursday. Oh well, I guess that means I have to dig into the cookie jar of reader submitted ideas to pull out one of the last couple crumbs that remain to give me my sugar high. Yes, it’s time once again for another fly by the fur of my tail version of Prompt the Squirrel! This series has certainly properly challenged me like I was hoping it would… the results have been pretty good even for prompts I didn’t think had any promise. But can I keep the quirky creativity coming as I tackle those submissions that I quietly saved for last just in case the apocalypse or something would strike before I had to strap it on and deal with them?
This week’s penultimate prompt comes to us from another one of my very, very longtime followers… the amazing Gentlestitches. Aunt Sharon, as I like to call her, has been pleasing me for three years with the wonderful array of cute amigurumi animals she showcases on her blog, two of which I am extremely fortunate to have on my shelf behind me! That would be the beautiful little Sponkies…
So what did Aunt Sharon ask of her favorite American squirrel?
I would like to see a post about a not very well known weather phenomena of your choice with squirrels highlighting salient facts.
Well, given my meteorology background, you’d think this would be right up my alley. Those classes were…. gulp… almost twenty years ago, and contained enough advanced mathematics and physics to melt my poor, acorn sized brain into differential equation mush. No matter how much I wracked my brain over this prompt during the last three months, I couldn’t think of anything good to feature with it!
Of course, the problem is associated with the fact that I was thinking of weather in a simplistic form like most others do…. sun, clouds, wind, rain, snow, lightning, and don’t forget that pesky wintry mix. But weather encompasses any kind of atmospheric condition we experience here on earth in the troposphere… and though I dismissed all of the exotic phenomena I thought of right off the bat, that’s pretty much what “little known weather” is, the things we experience rarely, or perhaps even never to our own eyes.
So with that being said, for this week’s prompt I’m going to talk about the awe-inspiring occurrence of St. Elmo’s fire.
No, not the 1985 movie of the same name… it wasn’t not very well known, plus I’ve never even watched it, so I can’t offer much of a discussion on its plot and cultural significance to those coming of age in the 80’s. But I can assemble my own Tree Brat Pack of sciurines to help guide us through one of the worst scientific explanations you will probably ever read outside of a book with a cross on the cover.
Let’s begin our exploration of this strange phenomenon, shall we?
And speaking of the end being nigh, I don’t need The Nest’s resident prophet Mr. Applewhite to tell me this prompt is ready to meet its maker. Thank you Aunt Sharon for allowing me to use my squirrels to show how little I really know about science!
You’ll want to make sure you come back next week for the final prompt in this series that I have no fucking idea what I’m going to do with…