Tag Archives: cloud watching

Roberta wrote, “I saw these interesting clouds off the Bluff Trail near Salal Beach [on The Sea Ranch]. I just found out from a fascinating TED talk by Gavin Pretor-Pinney that they’re Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds.”

Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds are also called billow clouds. Park Aide Roberta saw some from the Salal Trail on The Sea Ranch.

Roberta learned more about these clouds from a TED talk by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Here's the link to that talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/gavin_pretor_pinney_cloudy_with_a_chance_of_joy.html

I sent this photo to Ken Holmes and he wrote, "It is produced as the speaker, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, explains by wind shear (or varying speed) that flows within and above these stable-type clouds."

Thanks to Roberta for allowing me to share her photo with you here. Cloud watching is a Coast tradition!

Sometimes you look in the sky and can't believe what you are seeing. That was the case when Don Spear saw this rainbow cloud.

On another day he saw this unusual cloud formation.

Cloud watching is a Coast tradition! Thanks to Don for allowing me to share his photos with you here.

To see a rare and unique cloud formation, here is the link to a cloud falling out of a cloud:

Just look at these clouds. They do look like starships. Drew Fagan took this photo Tuesday from his home in Gualala.

Cloud watching is a Coast tradition. No matter what walk of life you come from or what age you are, using your imagine to see objects in clouds is a fun experience.

Thanks to Drew for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see Drew's art, his website is drewfagan.com


Frank Drouillard sent a link where you can watch today's eclipse. Venus will be crossing the sun, an cosmic event that will not occur again for over one hundred years. Here is the link to NASA where you can view it on-line: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

A late storm passed through yesterday. This morning's sunrise reflected off the clouds in the western sky was beautiful. The nearly full moon was an extra bonus.
Is that an Orca fin in the clouds? Cloud watching this morning was great fun. One cloud looked just like a boletus edulis mushroom.