Friday, September 23, 2011

Wild Horses in the Sky

The end of summer has come with changeable weather. One indicator in the sky is mare's tails. They are wispy high altitude cirrus clouds that can be an indication that stormy, windy weather is on the way.

Cirrus clouds are made of water vapor that has formed into ice crystals. They are high clouds, about 8,000 metres (26,000 ft.) above sea level. Varying wind speeds at different altitudes cause the wisps to be pulled out in the characteristic horse tail configuration.

And at sunset, they paint the sky with a wonderful warm strokes. -- Margy

6 comments:

  1. That first cloud is so delicate and beautiful, and I love the pastel skies in the second one.

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  2. Nice shots, especially I like the first one.

    Regards and best wishes

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  3. first looks like feathers and the second isas well wonderful

    Tor
    Norway

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  4. mare's tails are interesting cloud formations
    can't say i've seen them around here

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  5. Thanks everyone for stopping by to see all my "horsing around" for SWF. Now we have cumulonimbus and lots of rain. - Margy

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  6. Today was the last of a sunny warm stretch. I looked up to find lots of Mare's Tails. Then by the afternoon the grey clouds were on the horizon. They really do foretell storms to come. - Margy

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