Here's good reason for Mayor Dana Boke to declare Wednesday a "Show up an Hour Late for Work" day in Spearfish: folks should all get a break to drive out and look at Bridal Veil Falls.

Usually the wispy Spearfish Canyon cascade looks like this:

Bridal Veil Falls, Spearfish Canyon, Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bridal Veil Falls, Spearfish Canyon, Sunday, August 28, 2011

This evening, after five days of heavy rain and drizzle, Bridal Veil Falls looks and sounds like this:

Spearfish Creek is raging through the whole canyon. The water is spilling over the dam four miles up from town, where the creek usually seeps down into the rocky ground and does not re-emerge until the hydro plant on the south edge of the City Park. Now muddy water is churning through the usually dry creek bad all the way to Spearfish. Awesome!