Sunday, March 5, 2017

To write 'It's been a wild month!' would be an understatement!

The shot above reminds me of fireflies i enjoyed back east:

There were many interesting skies to behold! Pictures are worth many, many words, especially mine, so let's get right to it.

I love to see the sky kissing the earth, gently.

3/4 Sat
A quiet and rather sunny week, but forecast calls for 'scattered showers' over the weekend.

The daylight hours were what i have dubbed 'rainbow skies' - that is to say broken cloud cover, some sunlight, some rain, producing numerous partial and fast moving rainbows. I am happy to note that i will last longer than these, and am around and sentient enough to appreciate them.

I guess i must be constantly under 'scattered', because at 9 PM it's raining sideways - lightly so, but still 'sideways'.

The next AM there are signs it ain't over yet. I'll call this a mini-mammatus:
(lots of great images here!)

"Mammatus are most often associated with the anvil cloud and also severe thunderstorms. They often extend from the base of a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as volcanic ash clouds.  In the United States, sky gazers may be most familiar with the very distinct and more common cumulonimbus mammatus. When occurring in cumulonimbus, mammatus are often indicative of a particularly strong storm or maybe even a tornadic storm".

The shot above was taken around 9AM.
By 10:30, there was hail!

I hope the rest of March is just as interesting as February was!
My Canon Powershot camera is always within quick reach!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A really wild week!


Unless you've been hiding in a cave, you've how wild and wacky California's weather has been recently. Not just rain but record breaking waves and surf. As usual, the most interesting skies come after the front has moved thru and there are still many isolated cells that come ashore and turn blue skies to dark grey, it rains for 10 minutes or so, and then the sun comes out. Monday the 23rd was just such a day, the rest of the week was similar.

Here's a very curious rainbow-like event, it lasted but a minute or two.

I have no idea what it is called, but it is something 'rainbow-like', since water droplets
are obviously splitting sunlight into a spectrum of color.

The last few days, very peaceful, a lull in mother nature's assault. But don't put that rain gear away! Mid-week it starts all over again.