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, October 23, 2008

Fall has Fallen... and Dewdrop training...

Happy Sky Watch Friday!! Please visit Tom, Klaus, Sandy, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy and Imac's SKY WATCH BLOG to participate in Sky Watch Fridays, which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Dot, the mother of this fabulous blogging event, was really onto something when she brainstormed this baby!!! It is so fascinating to see skies from all over the world!!! This week, I have decided to post a cloud shadow shot.I've posted and talked about crepuscular rays before, which are basically the sun's rays bouncing off of dust particles and other "stuff" in the atmosphere. Cloud shadows are basically the inverse of crepuscular rays. They aren't anticrepuscular rays, which are the other side of crepuscular rays produced at sunrise or sunset. Cloud shadows are just that; they are shadows cast by the clouds obstructing sunlight. Oftentimes, you will see cloud shadows between crepuscular rays. I found this particular cloud shadow striking because it travels up a good way into the sky.

Local weather today includes a lake wind advisory, which is the result of a pressure gradient that we find ourselves in... a high pressure system to the north, meeting with a low pressure system to the south, generates what could be considered a wind tunnel effect as wind is forced between those two systems. Add to that the cool temps, and we've got ourselves a good old fall day. Outside of that, nothing tropically speaking... no severe weather anywhere. SDS (Supercell Deprivation Syndrome) is really taking its toll. What's a storm chaser to do? Well, it appears that my chase team finds their own ways of entertaining themselves during times of weather hiatus.

So there I was, minding my own business, while I was on my mini-cation when I notice comments coming through on a new post on the team blog. Comments about me... so of course, curiosity got the best of me, and I hopped on over to see what all the fuss was about. It appears that Alabama Mike got his hands on a couple of my old elementary school pictures and posted them on the team blog. Here's the best part though... something I hadn't even thought about until Mikey made a keen observation. I went to Chase Elementary School. Chase School. How many other storm chasers actually have been to CHASE SCHOOL?! As a storm chaser, I really should have picked up on that... long before now. Where did y'all get your training? Anyone else go to "Chase School"? Dewdrop, Chase School graduate, Storm Chaser Extraordinaire. ;O)

Have a lovely day!
~Dewdrop

48 comments:

  1. Serendipity! A storm chaser from Chase school.

    Your cloud photo is beautiful, and, as always, I've learned something. Thank you!

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  2. First, again thanks for the education and the lovely image.

    Second, nice to see your old photos, even if I have not seen you yet.

    Chase School? Yap, you should have picked up on that :D

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  3. Love it! Can't believe you didn't pick up on that sooner, lol!

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  4. The Sundog shot on the skyley site is amazing!! Intersting post here too. Love those elementary shots :)

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  5. Such a beautiful little girl you were! And from Chase school, where else would a storm chaser go? lol

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  6. beautiful shot

    I hope you stop by at my SWF post also in HERE or HERE. Thanks

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  7. Great Photo and Post. Thanks for the information, very interesting..

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  8. Wonderful photos and information.Have a nice day!

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  9. Another beautiful shot and good lesson. That is too funny about you going to Chase school. Love your school days shots too.

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  10. Great photo and interesting post. Love the old pictures also.

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  11. Lovely SWF picture with an educational and interesting account. Thank you.
    I too like the sun dog picture.
    Have a good week

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  12. Oh my gosh! You went to a school called Chase? How funny is that? You made me smile. ;-)

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  13. I am always being told to write a book with my images about the island and how much info I put into my posts, but you, really do pack in so much. So for a change my trun to ask you if you have ever thought about putting a book together? Your enthuisam and knowledge, you just convey so well.

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  14. Love the sundogs and the rays - both are real faves of mine! I'm working on my cloud IDs and appreciated your call on Mammatus on...oops I forgot who's SWF it was. Anyway, I usually travel with a kit bag of books (field guides for birds, butterflies, plants and clouds) plus bins and camera. As a result, I'm putting my chiropracter's kids through school.

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  15. Great photo. It reminds me of what our skies look like when we have nearby bushfires. Thanks for sharing your knowledge too.

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  16. Nice post today and great photo.
    I enjoyed it as usual.

    Also: what deborah godin said.

    Nice "Sky Watch" today.
    Come visit our , Backpacking in the Rain.
    Troy and Martha

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  17. you are a wealth of information. Please feel free to explain on my blog, why the moon was out in my photo's? I'd love to know why.

    Gill in Canada

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  18. It is a wonderful experience to see lovely photos. But I am thankful also for the additional info!

    That sky is just so calm...Happy Skywatch!

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  19. Well, Jennifer, you were a cute kid, that's for sure and going to a school that was aptly named for you. I love the photos you posted on the Sky Watch site and the one you posted here.

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  20. Great information, and I LOVE the shadow in that photo. It DOES go way up into the sky. I'm not sure I've ever see that before.

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  21. You've certainly done well as a Chase School alumna. ;-}

    I have a cumulonimbus on my SkyWatch post today, but your mention of cloud shadows reminded me that I think I may have some shots of those buried away somewhere. Now I'll have to search for them!

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  22. Cute photos. :) Do you think your fiance can change his name to Storm Chase so you can be Dewdrop Chase? Huh??

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  23. Your fate right in front of you so long ago. Coincidence? We know better :)

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  24. Beautiful photo, but slightly scary looking, too. I think if I saw that outside of my window I'd be concerned about what the weather was going to do.

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  25. Dew: Thanks for all the great cloud information you share. It is surprising how something can hit home. What are the circular rings that you see through the rays? Is that the camera lens or another effect?

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  26. Thanks for this ongoing edumacation!

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  27. Chase School indeed! I would just die if someone put my elementary school photos up. You're a real sport!

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  28. Too cute and great piccie and post

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  29. Gorgeous photo Dewdrop! I have a question about the suns rays as portrayed by my digital camera. Carletta thought you might know the answer.

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  30. Thank you for this fabulous post!!!

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  31. Awesome post... You are such a cutie! =)

    Hope your weekend is good!
    ~Michele~
    Mountain Retreat- Canada

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  32. Gorgeous photo. I had never seen a sundog until I moved to Minnesota. The sky is beautiful in your photo as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Love the colors in the photo. Thanks for the info.
    Marnie

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  34. Hi storm chaser, awesome shot again from you! :D

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  35. Love the shot on the main Sky Watch page. Wonderful! And this one... is that fire I see in the picture? Were you talking about the clouds in this pic or the one on the Sky Watch blog? Is this smoke, clouds or both? I like both pics, just a little confused.

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  36. Great photo. Really enjoy your Sky Watch posts, always knew that there was a lot of science behind pretty skies but you make it all very understandable.Thank you for sharing with us all and your kind comments on my post earlier.

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  37. I really enjoy your sky watch pictures and your Chase class picture too.
    Have a good weekend.
    Pam

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  38. Thanks for another great sky photo and interesting info. :-) Just wish I could remember it all.

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  39. Great shot!
    Have a nice weekend.

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  40. I wanted to thank you for explaining what's what on my sky watch Friday photo.

    Gill in Canada

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  41. Gorgeous Skywatch post on the site! Have scanned down on your posts and love a great number of your other ones! Wonderful photos!
    Marie

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  42. Lovely bouncing balls of light, especially from so low a sun.

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  43. how cool is that ... chase school ... love the young pics of you! Happy sky watching :)

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  44. Thank you for all the compliments on this and the sky watch blog. Thanks fort all the encouragment and funny comments about my "Chase School" discussion and pics (eek!) Truly is serendipity. Hope it made you smile!

    Babooshka, what an inspiration you have been. We shall see what happens!

    Deborah, Michele had the mammatus, I think.

    Bobbie, please let me know when you've found them.

    Beth, I'll see what we can dew... ;O)

    Wren, If my memory serves... that was a beautiful day.

    Fishing guy, circular rings??? Not sure I see what you're seeing. Could you elaborate?

    PJ, lol

    2sweetnsaxy, no fire, unless you consider the sun a ball of fire. lol... the darker coloring about the clouds in the shot here is a cloud shadow... caused the the interference of the cloud in the sun shining from below. The one on the intro was a sun dog... like a rainbow in the clouds.

    Marie, Stop by anytime!


    I am so grateful for the faith y'all have in my knowledge, to ask me for feedback on your shots. That really lifts me up. Thank you so much! I appreciate each of you!

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  45. I am surprised you never thought about that. I'll admit that I didn't notice that about Chase School when I posted those. The Lord must have a sense of humor.

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  46. Chase school..how funny! Wow you look a lot like your mini me in that pic!

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  47. Chase school..how funny! Wow you look a lot like your mini me in that pic!

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