The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15



Thursday, July 17, 2008

It's not all clear...

Happy Sky Watch Friday!! It's post time!!! (Please visit our host, Tom's Sky Watch blog (click here or on the logo to participate) to participate in Sky Watch Fridays. So much fun!!! I highly recommend it!) Today's photo is a sunrise that I caught one foggy day back on a cool day in March. I love the transition portions of the season... not just for the severe weather potential, but just for the nature of it, so similar to other natural changes in life...I especially love this shot because you can see the steam fog...

Steam Fog — Fog formed when water vapor is added to air that is much colder than the vapor's source; most commonly, when very cold air drifts across relatively warm water.
... above the pond in the bottom right portion of the shot, and you see the ground fog...
Ground Fog- fog that obscures less than 60% of the sky and does not extend to the base of any overhead clouds. However, the term is sometimes used to refer to radiation fog.
... in the background at the base of the trees. Magnificent simplicity.

Well, things sure do change drastically overnight. The disturbance #1 that was in the eastern Gulf of Mexico yesterday was completely depleted of its moisture as it dumped buckets of water (some needed, some not so much). In other words, Florida sucked it dry! It still has a nice spin to it, as it twirls off the coast of Jacksonville, and if it can build in some moisture, it might grow up and become something... but as it is, it poses no immediate threat. The Invest area 94L is going back and forth with its level of organization... one minute looking ripe for naming... the next minute looking like a disorganized mess! Currently, it is a mess, with what looks like an attempt at reorganization. Yesterday, when the hurricane hunter got in there, they found it to be disorganized enough to not call it a tropical depression. Looks like we need a crystal ball to figure out where Cristobal might pop up. West of 94L in the Caribbean we have another tropical disturbance that has a medium chance of survival. In fact...
THIS SYSTEM HAS CHANGED LITTLE IN ORGANIZATION SINCE YESTERDAY...BUT IT HAS A CHANCE TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BEFORE IT REACHES THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA TONIGHT.
It is expected to drop dangerously large amounts of rain in Nicaragua and Honduras, which they expect will result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Last, but certainly not least, we have the still tropically named Tropical Storm Bertha, having lost some intensity... but still going. The expectation is that she will turn to the east and eventually to the northeast drifting away out at sea. She is still a strong tropical storm. She was starting to look depleted and elongated, but she is once again starting to look quite impressive, especially considering... Wouldn't it be something if she made it far enough south and did a loop de loop??? Give'em something to really talk about, Bertha! Let me just go ahead and predict a NC landfall... just so I can say I called it. I'm thinking Wilmington, NC, category 2, like her namesake...

As for severe weather, once again, the northern plains are under fire with a significant area of slight risk for severe weather has been hatched out by the Storm Prediction Center. It is the season. As for yesterday...
TORNADO REPORT

2 NNW SHEBOYGAN FALLS SHEBOYGAN WI

TORNADO SEEN BY TWO CITIZENS. STARTED ABOUT 1/4 MILE NORTH OF INTERSECTION OF STH 23 AND STH 32 AND PROBABLY MOVED NORTHEAST FOR ABOUT 1.5 MILES OR SO. TREE AND POWER LINE(MKX)
I was JUST THERE! UGH! Busy year for tornadoes this year...As Annie points out in the comments... the supposedly non-existent Dewv@!d is well depicted in this graphic... notice the very blank area over south Georgia... sigh.Update... looks like the southwestern Caribbean wave earned Invest 95 status, though with its proximity to land, won't likely become everything it could have been, considering how well organized it is... also, the low that cut across Florida yesterday... has now popped back up on radar with a moderate shot at organization, now that moisture is feeding back into it. Amazingly, we are getting some fast moving cumulus (from the outer "bands" of this moisture-filled spinning low) as a result. Mikey just sent me this...Looks like we have Invest 96L. Cool. Thanks, Mikey.

3:45 Update: Wind is really picking up here, and sky is cloudy over quickly as the outer bands at the new area of interest 96L, just off the coast of Savannah/Jacksonville, with its "outer bands" really invading our neck of the woods, rapidly. My suspicions are that this one will get the Cristobal title.Toodles,
~Dewdrop

55 comments:

  1. Very nice photo shot, fog just seems to add a bit of mystery

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  2. Hi Dew... great post as always..just love the amount of info you give in each post..

    Sky Watch as it's own blog now Dew.. NEW SKY WATCH BLOG

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  3. Thanks, Lilli. It does add some mystique... straight out of a thriller movie or something...

    Thanks, Tom. Glad you enjoy that. I think I have changed everything I was supposed to to shift to the new SKYWATCH FRIDAY BLOG site. Awesome, btw.

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  4. I noticed there are NO little red dots anywhere around your neck of the woods. Maybe you are geographically misplaced, or maybe you need a different hobby...like tractor pulls--there's plenty of those around your area! LMAO

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  5. Thanks for pointing that out Annie... yes, this is an excellent graphical representation of the Dewv@!d that does not "exist". You see the big blank spot over south Georgia everyone...? That's me. Tractor pulls... hmmm...

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  6. Very pretty! I love the colors!

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  7. Dew: what a neat photo of a great Sky.

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  8. Great shot and full of interesting info.

    Welcome to our new Skywatch Blog.We hope you will like and enjoy posting your skies here.
    The Team thankyou for participating and helping to make this venture a success.

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  9. What a serene Sky Watch photo!
    Lovely.

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  10. You know, I have been to your site several times now. I have never mentioned that I love to watch the strom chasing documenaries. On April the fourth of this year, I realized a dream of mine. I always wanted to see a live tornado. Well, to make a long story short, I learned that huddled under a overpass is not the safest place to be! It passed about 100 yards from me. Scared the ... well you know what out of me. It was just forming but continued to gain strenght. It and the straight-line winds were 1/2 mile wide and stayed on the ground for 11 miles. A cat 3. Since then, my dream changed to never see another one that close! Anyway, Nice SWF! Have a great weekend!

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  11. Thanks for the comment and thumbs up Dew... have a good one.

    Tom

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  12. The weather sure has been horrific lately. I hate to see a map with dots of so much tornado activity. I'd rather see a boring map with no dots. ;-) But I guess that would be boring for you. LOL

    March souds real good right now...it's hot outside!

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  13. Beautiful photo, Ms. Dew! The colors are wonderful.

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  14. The sky's the limit?
    Wonderful picture and information..
    Great for SWF,
    have to come back to read more in your blog.
    Just added your blog to my bloglist.
    - Cheers.

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  15. Lovely capture - so relaxing, yet stimulating too!!

    Gary
    Bodge's Bulletin

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  16. I did not know about the two types of fog. Very interesting, that and the photo with the eerie yet beautiful orange light.

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  17. Gorgeous golden picture.

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  18. This would have to get my vote as one of the most well-composed images of the week. The curve to the silhouette. The light source from out right ... quite entrancing

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  19. Love colors and silhouettes. Very nice.

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  20. Wonderful skywatch! Very beautiful.

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  21. Hello from Colorado. Great picture. Love the colors.

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  22. Wow, this is an amazing picture. I love the colors, the fog and just the overall composition. Great job!

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  23. Greate Sky Watch post.
    Have a nice weekend, from AnneKa in Norway

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  24. Hello, fellow South Georgian! I absolutely love this shot! I am one of those "morning people" and there's nothing I love better than sitting out on the patio with my coffee to watch the sun come up, unless it's a foggy morning! They're the best!!

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  25. I see you mentioned the tornado report from Sheboygan Falls, WI yesterday. About 45 mins northwest of there, in Neenah, WI (where I work) I snapped a few photos of the approaching storms. Feel free to take a look. Photos

    It's not often we get to see such clouds here in WI. To be around when such things transpire is always a bit exciting.

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  26. good job here.. you have a great picture for the friday... that enlightens my day once again...

    check out what you think is mine? TGIF

    btw, love your music...

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  27. Loved the colours on your photo!

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  28. That is steamy! What a day that must feel like. Gorgeous.

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  29. This is so pretty! I always love pics with trees and the orange in the sky is lovely.

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  30. Ijust can't get over the amount of info you post. It's mindblowing! That hazy pic is a real beauty.

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  32. Now that's a great & beautiful shot - how can anyone see beauty like that all around us and not believe that GOD exist? It's beyond me.

    GOD Bless

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  33. Love that orange sherbet sky! Have a wonderful weekend!
    My SkyWatch Here

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  34. Wow! That is my today's Top 3 Skywatch images. Wonderful shot! Kudos!
    Cheers, Klaus

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  35. P.S., Ms. Dew, thanks for your visit to my SWF post. The raccoons were nowhere to be seen during the tree cutting. I think they had previously high-tailed it to the big oak tree a couple of houses down. :)

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  36. Beautiful shot! Almost makes you feel like you're right there.

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  37. What a warm coloured sunset, its a beautiful photo. The weather has been crazy here at the moment, stormy today. Happy SWF.

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  38. This is really a gorgeous shot. It's even more beautiful enlarged, with the shadows and the color. Nice!

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  39. The subtle nuances of this shot are spectacular.

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  40. Gorgeous sense of mystic serenity in your pic!

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  41. Dew..your Wilmington, NC comment took me by surprise so I had to pop back up and look at your photo again! Beautiful shot of the Georgia fog :)

    NC? Really? Whaaaaaa!

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  42. Gorgeous photo, and i LOVE the weather info! I'll definitely bookmark you and be back to visit!

    --Lynellen
    Shop with me, your Mary Kay Beauty Consultant

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  43. Great SWF shots and very nice blog - I will be back again for sure!

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  44. That's a different point of view. Refreshing!

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  45. Fantastic sunset colours. Love being able to see the eerie fog too.

    Lea

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  46. Nice picture and a very interesting post ! I have a friend who lives now in Madison but his family is from Sheboygan !

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  47. To everyone who complimented the picture, thanks. I love shooting landscapes. This one stopped me while I was headed to work that morning.

    Imac, Sandy, Tom and Klaus, Love the new site. Y'all are a great team! Terrific job!

    Michael, I commented on your blog, but for the sake of the readers, an overpass is one of the WORST places to hide from a tornado for many reasons. It is far better to find a (waterless) ditch or other low lying area. A 1/2 mile wide wedge EF3... good grief! Glad you are still with us! Holy cow!

    YEGTG, Yes, that would be boring, but people would be safe. I don't wish for destructive tornadoes, just pretty non-destructive ones.

    Guild-rez, Please do!

    Wren, glad you learned something.

    Julie, wow! Thanks!

    Valdosta Wine lady, How cool is that! Perhaps you would like to join me for Sunrise at Banks Lake one morning. I hear they are amazing!

    OSNW3, Great shelf cloud in your shots!!! Glad you got to experience that! Gladder that you shared!

    Jeff and Nova, Glad you like the music. I love it.

    Babooshka, Glad you like it!

    Ms. Hays, God is an amazing artist! I'm a HUGE fan!

    Klaus, Wow! Thanks!

    Pat, Hope the little raccoons were ok.

    Suzanne, AWESOME! Wish I were there!

    David, Cool comment.

    Debbie, I was just putting it out there... Bertha is not headed your way. Watch out for Invest 96L though. Sorry to scare you!

    Lynellen, please do come again!

    dlyn, Awesome, please do.

    Thanks everyone! God made the scene and put me in place to share it. Thanks and glory be to God.

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  48. Very beautiful and idyllic misty country side picture, even on a storm blog;)

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  49. Lovely shot and beautiful colors.
    Well done, Dew!

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  50. System operator, Thanks! Sometimes, when I am without storms, I find other ways to occupy myself. :O) Glad you liked the shot.

    John, Thank you.

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