1. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    I'm camping on the south coast this weekend. Last night's sunset had what looked like cirrus uncinus to me, plus a few contrails.

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    I thought that was meant to be a portent of rain on the way, but it's beautiful beach weather today.
     
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  2. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    The moon and some clouds, just now.
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  3. Northern Colorado sunset. 100_0017 - Copy.
     
  4. Atop one of Denver's tallest buildings, facing West,(EDIT: As you may know from the mountains) 100_1335. taken 03/16/2007.
     
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  5. March in Boulder, Colorado on top of the peak where The National Center for Atmospheric Research is located. Facing Southeast. 100_1599.
     
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  6. blargo

    blargo Member

    I bike there all the time!
     
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  7. I hike up there pretty often. Beautiful area.
     
  8. Westminster, CO taken in March. It's them chems that make the colors, right?:p 100_1504.
     
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  9. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Senior Member

    I actually just the other day used the old, old mariner's ditty about "red sky at night.." (etc) to explain to someone how even before the science of meteorology was developed, simple observations BY sailors (and the resulting lore) allowed them to become weather 'forecasters' of a sort....

    More on this ancient mariner lore:

    http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/weather-sailor.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_sky_at_morning

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_lore
     
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  10. Thanks for the info, Weedwhacker. Very interesting. Westminster, CO looking off my deck. Scattered clouds, mostly sunny. A pretty typical Summer day here, really. Looking East. Denver International Airport is about 30 miles THAT way. (EDIT: Of COURSE they COULD be those 'Chem-bombs' I've heard about that look just like innocent clouds). On second thought, I disgust myself.

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  11. CapnPegleg

    CapnPegleg Member

    As expected, crazy hazy over Miramar!

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  12. JFDee

    JFDee Senior Member

    Attached Files:

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  13. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Senior Member


    HUGE points should be awarded for using the term "virga"!!!

    I'm serious, here!
     
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  14. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    Jellyfish over Bakersfield.
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  15. JFDee

    JFDee Senior Member

    I assume this is Bakersfield, CA. I happened to spend the evening here, and the cirrus display was indeed impressive !
     
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  16. JFDee

    JFDee Senior Member

    I assume this is Bakersfield, CA. I happened to spend the evening here, and the cirrus display was indeed impressive !
     
  17. Debra

    Debra Member

    I'll see your Jellyfish and raise you one Swirlyatus. I could only get two quick photos through a dirty plane window with my phone as we were descending into Brisbane on 6th September. It looked far more awesome in real life because it was turning and spreading. As the plane turned I lost sight of it and I don't know what scared the person next to me more - me randomly exclaiming "No, no, don't!" or my explanation of why I said it. :D

    I have slightly adjusted the contrast.

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  18. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Nice. Looks like it's spreading at about 45° to the direction of travel, but the "twist" is caused by the direction being like 60-45-60. Hard to figure out the full 3D though.
     
  19. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    so can you see the flag. or is it just me?

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  20. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    A part of the sky, I captured this today, includes AR 2192, 2:44 pm pdt, 244pm.

    A few days ago, I went to visit a couple of friends in eastern Tulare County, Kennedy Meadows, California. As my wife and I got out of the car 4 fighters in formation were pulling away from a refueling tanker, sorry, I couldn't grab my camera in time. I did catch the tanker,
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    The friends my wife and I were visiting, told us there was a show going on all day. The air space above Kennedy Meadows is mostly reserved for China Lake NAWS and Edwards AFB. The contrail lasted about as long as you see in my photo. We missed the dog fighting show, but we were treated to this show at the General Store, I'm fairly certain most of the cirrus was natural. DSCF0486.

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    (Mick, how do I post a vertically cropped shot?)
     
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  21. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    You need to to rotate it with some other program. I fixed that one for you.

    What were you uploading from.
     
  22. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    Thanks for fixing it. I use Microsoft Office Picture Manager. It was saved in my files rotated and a little contrast added before I uploaded it. I went back to the original, opened rotated and saved through GIMP, it loaded fine. Must be a glitch with Office Picture Manager. I'll use GIMP from here on out.
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  23. SR1419

    SR1419 Senior Member

    Pretty cool "hole-punch" cloud in the North (San Francisco) Bay today.


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  24. jaydeehess

    jaydeehess Senior Member

    Cloud formation in Eastern Manitoba east of Winnipeg ~ 2 PM Oct 24/14
    Camera is facing ~ west.

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  25. jaydeehess

    jaydeehess Senior Member

    So what does that? A cold dry down burst?
     
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    M Bornong Senior Member

  27. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    The sky looking east this morning from Hampshire, about an hour ago (7.45am). Straight out of an apocalyptic Facebook post! Anyone who believes in "chemtrails" would have been having kittens...

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    A couple of visual aids to explain: First of all the trusty humidity map, showing pretty well saturated air up at 30,000 feet (red dot marks my location)...
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    And a reminder of UK flight paths. Again the red circle marks the spot - I'm in just about the busiest place I could be in the whole country!

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  28. Amsterdam, September 2013, just after sunset

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    Amsterdam, October 2013

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    Amsterdam, July 2008, stormcloud coming in over Schiphol Airport in the back

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    Almere (NL), January 2006, at dusk

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    And the last one, Almere (NL), November 2006, just before sunrise

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  29. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    And here's what a difference a day makes:

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    A cold front pushed through overnight (after what was, incidentally, the UK's warmest ever Halloween, with temperatures reaching 24C/75F in London!). You can see the front moving away on the horizon, but overhead is very dry air (this chart is for about one hour's time)

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    Still plenty of planes around, of course, but they're almost invisible with such short trails:

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  30. SR1419

    SR1419 Senior Member

  31. Willie

    Willie New Member

    A friend just posted this on Facebook. He is near Santa Rosa. He's wondering why the shadow trail which turns into contrail. Does anyone have any ideas?
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  32. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

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  33. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    A small but vivid sun dog in an old contrail, on the first really frosty morning of the autumn (snapped one-handed while cycling!)

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    (Also Nibiru hiding in the trees ;) )
     
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  34. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    I think this a fragment of 22° halo rather than a sun dog, unless you tilted the camera with respect to the horizon.
     
  35. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    I think the camera was tilted. As I said, I grabbed the shot one-handed while on my bike (I was running late and couldn't stop!)

    Here is a photo a few minutes later, full-frame with some vertical reference points.

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  36. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    At 10.30 this morning the sky was crystal clear. By 12 noon some classic "mare's tails" had appeared:

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    And now, at 12.45, the sky is completely overcast with dark grey cloud.
     
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  37. M Bornong

    M Bornong Senior Member

    A fallstreak with a sundog. Sunday, November 16, 2014. 12:15 pm, over Bakersfield, CA DSCF0727b.
     
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  38. BigTBoom

    BigTBoom New Member

    Images taken with my cell phone 11/11/2013, north of Houston, TX.

    10:56 am
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    10:58 am, (my cell phone couldn't get the whole thing in one image)
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    11:27 am
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    11:46 am
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  39. WeedWhacker

    WeedWhacker Senior Member

    Cool....I've been to Houston, Texas hundreds of times....maybe even "Tens" of thousands of times.

    (Hint....i used to work for "Continental Airlines"....hence, I have BEEN to Houston....A LOT!!!!)

    THAT being said? Pretty pics (and certainly you might copyright them, and sell on e-BaY)....but....is there a "point" here?
     
  40. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    This is the thread for interesting pics of the sky, and these fit the bill don't they? I've never seen a phenomenon quite like this.

    We have a 22-degree halo, and then possibly a circumscribed halo? http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circsalt.htm
     
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