Mackerel Skys before HAARP and......

Leifer

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I also noticed strange repeating wave patterns in the sky, and started to wonder why I'd never seen old photographs or paintings depicting clouds like that. Surely someone like the landscape photographer Ansel Adams or any of history's famous painters would have been impressed by cloud formations like this, and somebody would have incorporated these skyscapes into their artwork. How could these clouds be natural if they were only a recent phenomenon?

See more at: http://www.oilfreefun.com/2012_12_01_archive.html#sthash.vuI1AdPk.dpuf
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Let's find some paintings (and photos)...

Albert Bierstadt, Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California, 1865, oil on canvas, Birmingham Museum of Art, Gift of the Birmingham Public Library
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Albert Bierstadt, Evening, Owens Lake, California
1860's (?)
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Spring Motif - Mikalojus Ciurlionis, 1908
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Fuji, Mountains in clear Weather (Red Fuji) - Katsushika Hokusai, 1831
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Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Song of the Lark (also known as In the Field)
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Frank Johnston, "The Fire Ranger", 1920
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Also to keep in mind, that many (most) of the landscape painters would not put every detail in every cloud. The sky was often painted with a look of ease, naturalness, and a conservation of effort.....reducing clouds to as few brush-strokes as possible. (the paintings above are more detailed....... is what I could find in 1 hour on-line).)
So what may have been Altocumulus stratiformis, or Cirrocumulus....would become a field of color with a few suggested cloud tips/edges (perhaps with a pattern, or "flow")
The "detail" in a typical landscape painting is reserved for the foreground.

Links:

http://www.wikipaintings.org/de/paintings-by-genre/landscape/11#supersized-gustave-courbet-191884

http://www.wikipaintings.org/de/pai...pe/12#supersized-frederic-edwin-church-319465

http://www.wikipaintings.org/de/pai...pe/12#supersized-frederic-edwin-church-319487

http://www.wikipaintings.org/de/paintings-by-genre/landscape/21#supersized-ferdinand-hodler-255025
(1908)

http://www.wikipaintings.org/de/paintings-by-genre/landscape/31#supersized-konstantin-bogaevsky-260770
(1903)

http://www.wikipaintings.org/de/paintings-by-genre/landscape/35#supersized-tom-thomson-293598
(1915)


Early color photograph, 1930's (Library of Congress)
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179086581/in/set-72157603671370361/lightbox/
1930's
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[between 1940 and 1946]
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More early photos....
1930's
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179901014/sizes/o/in/set-72157603671370361/

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/matpc.04465/
 
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GregMc

Senior Member.
Perhaps he is trying to say this image from 1898 doesn't exist.


It's from "Classification of clouds for the guidance of observers" published by Dept of Agriculture Weather Bureau 1898. 1738236-clouds4.jpg
 

Cairenn

Senior Member.
I guess checking Wikipedia was not done either


Mackerel skies are spoken of in the popular bywords, "Mackerel in the sky, three days dry," "Mackerel sky, mackerel sky. Never long wet and never long dry," and the nautical weather rhyme, "Mare's tails and mackerel scales / Make tall ships carry low sails." The phrase mackerel sky came from the fact that it looks similar to the markings of an adult king mackerel.

In popular culture
  • Hoagy Carmichael wrote the song "Oh, Buttermilk Sky".
  • In the film "Plenty", mackerel sky is mentioned and shown.
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