Friday, October 07, 2011

Cirrocumulus Clouds

One thing I really like about living in the northwest is clouds. When I lived in Los Angeles, there was mostly high and low stratus. Up here we have such a variety.

We also have more time and reasons to be outdoors. Last week while out boating, we saw some cirrocumulus clouds. The day started overcast, then cleared to sunny and windy, then started clouding over again.

Cirrocumulus clouds are high altitude, around 12 kilometres (39,000 feet). They occur in patches or sheets, and are made up of ice crystals. Brrr!

Clouds can also help us forecast the weather. This was the last of the sun for a couple days and the rain arrived about 20 hours later. -- Margy


  1. I can feel the chill in that sky. But it was a good chill, does that make sense?

  2. Beautiful clouds, Margy. We're having our second day of dull grey with no individual clouds distinguishable. Oh, and drizzle-mist. predicts more rain this afternoon, after all day yesterday and all last night of wetness that chills me to the bone. Why I had to leave the lovely west coast. Sigh.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Grey, but lovely skies.

    Regards and best wishes

  4. Watching the clouds is one thing that I enjoy about living on the boat. I can lay in bed and look up through the hatch to see the sky. Mind you, having said that I have just looked up and thought 'I must clean that hatch today'!!! xxx

  5. Too busy for skywatch - glad to watch your skies! I have been providing home respite support for a man caring for dying father. It's been a tough go for all.