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 03, 2008

I've seen this somewhere before...

Happy Sky Watch Friday!! It's post time!!! (Please visit our host, Tom's blog to participate in Sky Watch Fridays. So much fun!!! I highly recommend it!) Today's Sky Watch Friday Shot is of a sunrise taken from my driveway... This was no ordinary sunrise though... altocumulus painted the sky during the perfect time at sunrise to make the sky glow, as if on fire!! Looks like a patriotic sky to me.This reminds me of scripture that I read recently...

Matthew 16
The Demand for a Sign

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

He replied, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
Incidentally, here are two posts from that day... post 1 and post 2... but, there weren't any severe weather reports that day in my neck of the woods.

Onto the tropics... well, looks like history is repeating itself to a point... that strong tropical wave off the coast of Africa has been defined as a Tropical Depression 2 (a very pretty tropical depression, if I may say)... (ok, someone please explain to me why we have Tropical Depression 2, when we never had Tropical Depression 1... didn't we start with TS Arthur, which later became Tropical Depression Arthur? I don't recall a TD 1...) Anyhow, bottom line is that we have a Cape Verde tropical depression that is expected to become Tropical Storm Bertha later today, as conditions are favorable for development during the short term; however, her chances of survival beyond the abundant dry air in the central Atlantic are slim to none. They are, however, forecasting a strong tropical storm by the 8th as her path approaches Bermuda, most likely becoming a fish. She is one to keep her eyes on... Regardless, eastern Atlantic Tropical storm on July 2nd is pretty amazing... Last time that happened, was in '96 when Tropical Storm BERTHA was born. Crazy irony there. Aside from that, another tropical wave has formed in the eastern Caribbean, which is in a heavily sheared environment, which should tear that puppy apart, preventing any potential development. Interesting stuff over in the tropics... looks like their waking up. I just hope nothing hits our gas prices any worse than we are already seeing. A US landfall would most likely put us under... I can see them easily getting up to $6/gallon with restrictions and deficits in supply. Scary.

As for CONUS weather, Iowa saw a tornado yesterday, where an apparent tornado destroyed some silos and barns. I saw footage of this while I was watching TWC this morning.
Today the areas for a slight risk of severe weather have been moved to New England and the Washington/Oregon area... Weird.

Meso Mike is hosting a 4th of July cook-out in Enigma, GA, tomorrow night, so we will be voyaging up that way for the festivities. Apparently, we are turning it into a chaser convergence, with a request for me to bring the episode of the Twister Sisters that I aired on... fun. I'm sure that I will have plenty of great pics to post after that.

I hope everyone has a fantastic 4th of July!!

11AM Update: Welcome TS Bertha!!Toodles,


  1. Happy 4th! The weather should be decent here but we have no particular plans yet.

    That is an amazing text from Scripture and ironic as the "sign of Jonah" is the Resurrection! I suppose it is downplayed because this was to be expected if they had understood what all the Scripture was pointing towards.

  2. Thanks, Beth!!! I hope you come up with something fabulous to do!! I was exciting when I stumbled upon the scripture. I had always heard the "red at night sailor's delight..." expression, hadn't realized it's scriptural backing.

    Had they understood, it wouldn't have been necessary... would it have?

  3. Excellent Sky Watch post Dew.. I also never knew where the sign came from... but do now :O)
    As you are up and runing with Sky watch leave the linking to me and I'll get it done before I go for my afternoon nap. Need to be s fresh as a Daisy for Sky Watch.

  4. Glad you enjoyed my post. I have started to do mine on Thursdays since everyone else did, and I like to actually make it on the list. lol. Have a lovely nap!

  5. It is well known that we Portuguese once sailed the seven seas searching for new lands, wealth and adventures.
    We were brave in those days and gave the world new worlds!

    Luckily I don’t have to sail the big oceans on a small ship to sea the wonders of our world …
    No Sir, I just need to check with Mr. Tom, the finest host there is, for a trip around the world with SKY WATCH TOURS and with a click here, a click there I am quickly in the USA, England, Brazil, Italy, China, Australia, Finland … well, everywhere.

    And on each stop I come to see a little marvel of our world under a great sky!
    Hope you can come and see my piece of the sky at lenses & visions

  6. I second that Quinttarantino!!! Cheers to our wonderful host. I love the SWF tour of the world.

  7. That sunrise is terrific. Sure - it looks patriotic.

  8. Thanks... I thought it was a magnificent sunrise.

  9. I think this is going to be the best Sky Watch Friday yet. The things I have seen are very encouraging

    and the photography is spot on.

    I really admire your photography skills and your critical eye for composition, lighting and texture.

    Abraham Lincoln
    —Brookville Daily Photo

  10. Lovely picture, and learning post as usual from you. But this week I stopt by the worda of Matthew 16...
    reading them many times. So very very beautiful, and I almost feel relaxed in my sofa just now.

    Nice weekend to you, from Anne in Norway.

  11. DD: Very nice photo and post, nicely thought out.

  12. These sure are beautiful. God bless!

  13. You´re right it´s not an ordinary sunrise! Stunning! The tornado is frightening however! Great photos!

  14. Beautiful color photo with very beautiful congratulations

  15. Beautiful sky! Yes, a great red,white,and blue patriotic sky!

  16. Beautiful shot. I love the colors and how the little clouds capture them.

  17. Lovely sky, Dewdrop! Wishing you a lovely 4th.

  18. Beautiful, beautiful shot! I love the Scripture you posted along with it, too!

  19. Rose, yes, it was.

    Abe, I agree. Some wonderful skies around here!! Wow, you admire my skills?! Back at you. You have tremendous skill.

    Anne, Thank you. Glad you learned again and how interesting that you had read Matthew 16 this week. Have a lovely weekend, Anne.

    Fishing guy, Thanks. I thought long and hard.

    Sandy, Thank you. God bless you!

    Wil, Thank you! Such a special gift from God. The hurricane shouldn't be too much of a threat except to ships.

    Luz, Thanks. It was magnificent.

    Carletta, Glad you see that!

    Kim, Thanks. I like the way they all lit up.

    Pat, Thanks, and back to you!

  20. Thanks, Teresa. It seemed appropriate! :O)

  21. Very nice and informative post:) lovely shot!

    Petunia's SWF

  22. Beautiful!

  23. Champ, Thanks!

    Beantown, Thanks!

    Anneka, Thanks!

    Hmmm... that was redundant of me.

  24. That's such a pretty glowing sky. Great shot, and happy 4th of July to you! :)

  25. Thanks, and back at you!

  26. Red sky at morning - sailors take warning.... Great shot. Pappy

  27. Pappy, so you've heard it before, eh? Thanks!

  28. Your pic is like mini powder puffs of colour! Simply stunning!

  29. I hope you have fun tomorrow! I am going to the Lake to watch fireworks. Who names these storms anyhow? Bertha? Really can't they do any better than that? Do they open a name book and randomly point to a name in the appropriate alphabetical column? Is that really fair to the Z names to always start at A? They should rotate years so Zelda and Wanda can have a chance--especially if they are resorting to recycling a name like Bertha.

  30. Happy Independence day!!! And Hapy Brthday to you!! Great sky watch as usall! Love you information!
    Have a great Weekend!!!!

  31. Greyscale... Thank you. It was amazing to watch.

    Annie, Excellent concerns. I wondered the same thing when Humberto popped up...
    "Since 1978, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization, a group representing some 120 different countries, has used pre-determined lists of names for tropical storms for each ocean basin of the world. The Atlantic basin, which falls under Regional Association IV, has a six year supply of names with 21 names for each year. Why 21 names? Well, the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used because names beginning with those letters are in short supply (you would need at least 3 male and 3 female names for each letter, plus a back-up supply for those retired). Think about it; how many men and women do you know whose names begin with these letters?" More info at this link. Hope that helps.

    Jess, Same to you, and thanks and thanks! Glad you enjoy the info.

  32. Happy Fourth To You! Love your beautiful red sky photo and such an appropriate verse to go with it!

  33. Thank you, Lana. Glad you appreciated it!

  34. It does look like fire. Beautiful shot!

  35. never cease to amaze me with your ceaseless supply of weather related knowledge and enthusiasm. Now I know why they call them weather geeks....(just kidding! LMAO!) Scott says I am a geek for wanting to know that...

  36. Yep, a weather geek, and I am darn proud of it. I especially think it's interesting how they retire some names. Katrina, Andrew, Hugo... never to be used again. I would love to be on the panel to name them. Wouldn't that be cool. Hurricane Dewdrop to replace the retired Hurricane Dolly??? What? It could happen.

  37. Wow, that sky is unique and so beautiful. Interesting, what you do!

  38. Thanks, I certainly enjoy it!

  39. Happy Independence Day from Canada! I hope TS Bertha doesn't develop into a horrific hurricane. Think of the bad jokes about Big Bad Bertha!

  40. Thank you. I really expect Bertha to be... just a fish... we shall see though... big bad Bertha. Lol!

  41. So much work goes into your posts. You must be a huge fireball of energy. Terrific all round.

  42. Red and fiery skies :)
    Beautiful yet a bit intimidating.
    Have a good weekend!!

  43. Very cool shot. Like the verse.
    Like your name. Before I got married my initials were DEW. When I was younger some family members used to call me Dewdrop.

  44. Beautiful shot. Have a happy 4th and enjoy watching movie storms since you don't have the real thing on your scope. (I guess.)

  45. Absolutely beautiful shots. Happy 4th of July!
    Scrapbooking and Photography

  46. Wonderful sunset and interesting post.

    Happy 4th July!

    Bodge's Bulletin

  47. Very interesting!

    My SWF Photo is posted HERE.

    Hope you could drop by as well. Happy weekends!

  48. veery beautiful post. this photo is breathtaking.

  49. Patriotic sky indeed! Beautiful.

    Happy Fourth to you, too, Dewdrop!

    (Your sky does remind of Matthew's scripture - and has got me thinking. Thanks.)

  50. Gorgeous sunset and interesting post. I sure hope we can get some rain in our part of Georgia.

    Happy Independence Day

  51. Wow! The sky looks so dramatic. Love it.

  52. Great shot!....hope you're well...

  53. Splendid sky, wonderful post for a great Sky Watch!

  54. A firy red sky! Love scripture!

  55. Happy Independence Day and may God Bless America!

  56. the clouds in the first shot are incredible

  57. Very nicely done. A fantastic post. Have a great weekend.

  58. Happy 4th, Dewdrop! Your photo is as gorgeous as always. It's definitely a patriotic looking sky, full of fire and spirit.

  59. Great sky watch post, Dewdrop :)

  60. Beautiful photo and great information.

  61. Great photo there, i am trying to also catch up on skywatch bloggers as i have been pretty busy this last week

  62. Babooshka, I love posting. I love sharing what I know about weather. Don't know about the fireball... pretty worn out right about now. Thanks, though!!!

    Napaboaniya, It can be quite intimidating, especially when you know what may follow.

    The blogger formerly known as Dewdrop, Glad you enjoyed your visit.

    Raven. Thanks... nope, none on my scope. Not the chaseable kind anyhow.

    Ladynred, Thanks!!

    Gary, Thanks!!

    Jenn, Thanks!!

    Evlahos, Thank you!

    pts, Thanks!

    Cherie, Glad you see it, and thanks! Glad Matthew got you thinking. :O)

    Andrea, A tropical storm would be the perfect solution.

    lv2scrbk (hey, me too!), Very dramatic!

    Michael, Thanks, very well!

    Pietro, thanks!!!

    Naturegirl, Thanks and thanks!!

    Mike, May America bless God.

    Jenty, Thanks!!

    Travis, I appreciate that!

    Kay, Happy 4th! Thanks! Can't wait to see your view of Hawaii!

    Marie, Thanks!!!

    Cocobixinhos, Thanks be to God.

    Uma por dia, Thanks.

    Lilli, I totally understand. Ditto, and thanks!


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