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, November 20, 2008

I'm dreaming of a white... Thanksgiving...?!

Howdy Dew, folks!!! Once again, it's time for a Sky Watch "Friday" post! Please visit Klaus, Sandy, Ivar, Wren, Louise and Fishing Guy'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!!! And last, but certainly not least to the "retired" Tom, the one who brought the concept to full bloom. It is so fascinating to see skies from all over the world!!! You should definitely climb aboard the SWF Express! For this week's Sky Watch post, I am going to share one of the mammatus cloud shots that I took last week when God blessed me with the amazing spectacle.mammatus clouds are my all time favorite cloud structure!

Mammatus (also known as mammatocumulus, meaning "bumpy clouds") is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. The name "mammatus" is derived from the Latin mamma (breast), due to the resemblance between the shape of these clouds and human female breasts. Mammatus are most often associated with the anvil cloud that extends from a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as contrails and volcanic ash clouds. When occurring in cumulonimbus, mammatus are often indicative of a particularly strong storm or maybe even a tornadic storm.
I love their amazing uniqueness! The lobe-shaped under belly of the clouds offer an amazingly distinct ceiling to the sky, and I was blessed to have a full sky of them during SUNRISE! God truly is an AMAZING artist with PERFECT timing!

Aside from that, the big story is the unseasonably COLD weather that has embedded itself in the southeast! The mercury has dipped. The temperatures have plunged, and the Dewdrop is NOT HAPPY about it. Due to my geographical misplacement, most of the severe weather completely misses me or presents itself in nasty heavily precipitated squall line events. The advantage of this unpleasant geographic placement is supposed to be the MILD fall weather. Where is that?! Where is the beautiful seasonable south Georgia fall weather that I have grown to know and love and really appreciate. I'll tell you where it is, it's in the Texas panhandle with Steve Miller, you doggone autumn hog! We are on day 3 of freezing temps, with low and high temperatures dipping down way below the average for this time of year! It feels more like our hardest part of winter, what we might expect in January or February, but this is certainly not our typical November weather. Though temperatures are expected to tease us today by climbing to near 70's, the bottom is about to fall out as the clipper system breezing by to our north bears down on a low pressure system with a trailing cold front, which will bring about another round of Jack Frost nipping at our noses. Gosh, I hate it when the whole map is blue and purple. I hope it doesn't s#@w! Is it spring yet?

Have a lovely day... try to stay warm.
~Dewdrop

49 comments:

  1. Very beautiful mammatus sunset picture Dew. I’m a big mammatus fan myself, especially mammatus belly lit late in the day on a storm with a rock hard overshooting top with a back-sheared anvil and mammatus. coooool! Sweet sun rays and shadows embedded within the mammatus structure there in that pic. That was a nice treat for you here in November.

    I’m so sick of this cold weather pattern already. Breaking lows each night and can’t find 70F since Sunday. The Florida cold days last a few weeks in Jan-Feb, guess were starting early.

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  2. The mammatus clouds are indeed stunning, Dew. So the cold weather is bringing you beautiful skies, did I get that right? Hmmmm.

    I joke, but truly I know you southerners feel the cold more than we northerners do. So I hope the weather is warmer soon.

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  3. I feel your pain, dewd. It is BLOODY COLD here too. But your clouds look hot - so you should take solace in that, right!? I sure hope we don't have a white thanksgiving. I'm all for beach weather. . . anyone!?

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  4. What a dewriffic mamatus you showed us. Oh I love love it.

    I could use a little cold weather down here, although we're still in the low to mid 60s, I want a little more chill in my bone than that, but I live where it rarely gives me that bone chilling cold ---unless it's summer time :)

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  5. What a dewriffic mamatus you showed us. Oh I love love it.

    I could use a little cold weather down here, although we're still in the low to mid 60s, I want a little more chill in my bone than that, but I live where it rarely gives me that bone chilling cold ---unless it's summer time :)

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  6. Wow!, the colors in the clouds are dew-riffic. Good shot.

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  7. Dewriffic indeed! I love your angle here as it gives the looker a very wide view of it...beautiful colors to go along with!

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  8. What an incredible sky! I love the angle as well and it looks like a sky with the smoke! Perfection!~

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  9. Spectacular !!!!!!!!!!

    Great photo and terrific colors.

    Troy and Martha

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  10. Hey, I recognised them as mammatus clouds... have obviously learnt from my skywatching!

    Beautiful colours as well as lovely clouds!

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  11. Wow, that is truly a beautiful sight! Wishing you warmer weather soon. Happy SWF. :)

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  12. I learned something new today. I have never heard of mammatus clouds. The picture is beautiful. We have to shovel a lot of snow here today in Ontario, and more is on the way. An early and cold start to winter for us as well.
    Happy SWF!

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  13. You are aboard the SWF Express indeed. Thanks for so useful info.

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  14. "Oh Wow" was my first thought looking at your sky!

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  15. A stunner!
    I don't know how cold a Virginia winter will get but it has been freezing so far! I keep my Georgia weather on my blog so I can compare. Today we are lower than Ga by about 20 degrees, yikes!

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  16. Dew: I dew like that photo of the sky very much. That is your most dewriffic photo that you have posted.

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  17. This reminds me of those movie clouds where something is about to happen.
    A wonderful shot and info as always Dew!
    You stay warm too - I'm watching snowflakes. :)

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  18. Sorry to hear you're cold, but that sky you caught is absolutely incredible. We don't see clouds like that often here, and we see a LOT of clouds LOL.

    Thank you for sharing not just the skies but the weather too; I hope you warm up there soon!

    Happy SWF!

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  19. What a breathtaking picture.Thank you.
    Thanks too for the write up, its good to learn about these clouds and structures.
    Have a good week.

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  20. Thats certainly a Golden moment.

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  21. That shot totally knocked me over. Unbelievable. As always I learn something here. Great post.

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  22. very funny breasty clouds!
    love the colour of the sky!

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  23. I am really impressed! There are so many huge things in America! Very beautiful cloude picture - and, yes: what an imagination and intelligence and power to create such a phenomenon! We just have to praise Him!

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  24. Wonderful photo, it looks so close, like you'd almost have to duck your head. I've always thought a great shot would be mammatus clouds over the Grand Tetons, "tetons" being a rather bawdy French word for "breasts" as well - lol

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  25. Wow! That's the only word that fits.

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  26. It's a golden overture. Spectacular as alwyas, with just the most educational skywatch posts ever.

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  27. What an amazing formation. The sky really is impressive. Thanks for the lesson too :)

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  28. Love the lessons and love your skies.

    Always a pleasure.

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  29. Amazing shot. I love the color.

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  30. Thanks ever so much for the lesson Dew and the photo, absolutely awe inspiring! I have always wondered if there was a name for those mamatus clouds. I think that's what my threatening skies post are made of also.

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  31. Great capture of the mammatus group there in the sky! I like them, too, but rarely see any.

    Hey....if you have time, pop over to my SkyWatch...it is #45-Jeannelle....and tell me the name of the zigzaggy clouds in my first photo. Thanks so much! Happy SkyWatching!

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  32. Those clouds remind me of dumplings -- although I must admit I've never seen dumplings of such glorious color.

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  33. That is a dramatic and memorable sky! Beautiful.

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  34. Well i just never have seen anything like that before and i have to say that is just the most beautiful sky shot i have seen.
    And as for snow for TG i could do without it altho the skiers are looking forward to the mountain opening up then
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

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  35. That is an awesome photo!

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  36. thinking that we have a crappy weather today and on the next 5 months, men!!!! need to make sure that the heater will be turned higher that way, i'll be able to stay warm...

    happy weekend!!!

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  37. awesome capture of the cloud formation...
    have a great weekend.

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  38. -laughs- never thought of it, but now that it has been said, I gotta agree with Bobbie in Hawaii, they do look like dumplings!

    :)

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  39. Just wanted to thank you for visiting and teaching me something about the clouds. I love to learn!

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  40. Love this amazing picture and the explanation of its name. You are right. Where is our Southeastern autumn weather? It is so cold.

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  41. Dew,

    WOW!!!!!

    I have no words. Yours has got to be the pic of the week!

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  42. "Amazing spectacle" indeed - that is one awesome photograph. No wonder these are your favorite clouds.

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  43. Mammatus clouds? Wow! I've never seen anything like it. It's very impressive, indeed! Thank you for the incredible photo and the good learning.

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  44. This is one of the most fantastic photos I have ever seen. Simply gorgeous and what a lovely bit of information. As for your blue and purple map? Well,I'm down in the sunny green corner in AZ and warm as toast! Sorry!

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  45. Thanks, once again, for your wonderful, inspirational and kind comments. I was truly thrilled and blessed to experience these clouds this day. If I never see anything special in the sky again, I am fulfilled with this one experience.

    Jeff, It was a treat anytime of year! Never seen anything like it except in pics. "especially mammatus belly lit late in the day on a storm with a rock hard overshooting top with a back-sheared anvil and mammatus. coooool!" Earth to Jeff, come back Jeff! No, use, folks, I think we lost him.

    YEGTG, Well, beautiful skies always mean something. If there are clouds, there's a message. I hope it warms up soon!

    Deirdre, I am with you!

    Cache, You can have mine!

    Lirone, Awesome! Way to learn!

    Kathleen, Mine too!

    Fishing guy, I have to agree!

    Carletta, lol! The ominous mammatus clouds...

    Bestemor, indeed!

    Deborah, I didn't know that... that would be cool! I should camp out there to capture that shot.

    Bobbie, Dumplings?! lol

    Enigma, pic of the week?! Really?!

    Kathiesbirds, not so warm now, is it?

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