Saturday, August 10, 2013

Summer Fog

The next few posts will be... foggy. Literally. Summertime on the California coast is a very interesting time, fog rolls in off the ocean, hits the land, and very interesting things happen, never the same way twice, it's always a battle of sorts w/ the air mass over the land. Weather forecasts can be monotonous - "60's at the coast, 70's and 80's around the bay, 90's inland. Fog moves inland overnite, clearing to the coast by midday" - 30 degrees difference in less than 30 miles. Here's a webcam view from the east bay:

Yes that's the top of one tower of the GG Bridge in the center.

And a satellite image:

"Lani's fog blog" - how amusing, the fog inspires a blog!
By Lani Chin, San Francisco resident, Ohio State alum, aspiring 10-pin bowler, cheap eats foodie and film lover with a memory elephants would envy:

I've found the Marin Headlands to be one of the most interesting places to observe and photograph fog.

Without further ado, here's the views.


Every once in a great while, you find yourself in the *purr-fect* place at the right time.

That's what keeps me coming back.

If you interpret the 'sky' to be 'anything above your head' this one qualifies.

Otherworldly Photos Capture Mysterious Phenomena in Upper Atmosphere
In the blink of an eye, an enormous bright red light flashes above a thundercloud, spreading energetic branches that extend five times taller than Mount Everest and look like jellyfish tendrils and angel's wings.

These mysterious phenomena are known as Transient Luminous Events (TLEs), and are usually invisible to the naked eye because they happen on millisecond timescales, too fast to be seen. They occur between 50 to 100 kilometers above the ground, a long-ignored area of the atmosphere that is too high for aircraft but too low for satellites to investigate. There, the thin air interacts with strong electrical fields to ionize molecules and create arcing plasmas."

If you haven't seen this one yet, you really should:

It's not all 'western' but it's too good to not mention.