|Photo by Amy Coffman Phillips|
I remember learning about cloud types when I was in school and most of the names have stuck with me. But I found this handy chart on the web as a reference.
|Image courtesy eo.ucar.edu|
Reading the sky helps us understand the weather now and in the coming hours. Today, most of the clouds were low cumulus type with a few wispy cirrus clouds much higher. I could tell by looking at the sky that there was no chance of rain today. I think of this day in contrast to the day I was on the prairie as a summer storm rolled in. On that day, we could see the dark underside of the cumulonimbus clouds as they approached. We could see the rain falling on distant fields. But what we couldn't see as the storm approached was how fast it was moving. It seemed like one moment the storm was still miles away and the next moment it was on top of us as we laughed and ran to our car. It was powerful and beautiful and an experience that I would love to have again some day.
|Photo by Felicia Akman|
Entry completed for BPCP iSite request to "read the sky."