Giant "distrail" across England

Trailspotter

Senior Member.
I was checking the satellite images of England on NASA Worldview for yesterday, May 16, 2015
and noticed a rather unusual feature - a diagonal band devoid of clouds. It is particularly striking in the Aqua image at about 12:30 UTC:

but it was also present in the Terra image at 10:45 UTC, nearly two hours earlier:


The most of the country was covered by ordinary small cumulus clouds that from below looked like these:
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This photo was taken above my place at the same time as the Aqua photo.

Is there a meteorological explanation to this phenomenon? Or is this a long-sought evidence of a secret cloud seeding program to send messages to alien spacecraft orbiting Earth?
:eek::confused:;):D
 
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MikeC

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It shows up in the Weather Online satellite cloud 24 hr loop

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It travels across the country developing a bit north of Cardiff, and is gone before it reaches Norwich.

ETA - in this still it starts at Cardiff, passes slightly north of Birmingham and south of York.
 
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Whitebeard

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Interesting how they seam to run from the Severn to the Humber, right along the traditional North / South divide. Looks like after the election even the weather is becoming polarised.

(edit) although the Humber / Severn line is also the rough line that divides the lowland south from the more hilly north, wonder if that could be a factor?

(edit - added link, quote and visuals)
http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/maps/nsdivide/


 
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Trailspotter

Senior Member.
Interesting how they seam to run from the Severn to the Humber, right along the traditional North / South divide. Looks like after the election even the weather is becoming polarised.

(edit) although the Humber / Severn line is also the rough line that divides the lowland south from the more hilly north, wonder if that could be a factor?
Having read @MikeC post and watched @Mick West video, I think that the weather aligned with the UK's topography to make this giant linear gap in clouds. Still, it would be interesting to learn how the geographical terrain can facilitate the cloud gap formation.
 
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