SKY WATCH FRIDAY time! Welcome all sky fans!!! I truly appreciate your visit and comments. I might not have time to respond to you, but I will try my best to visit!!!
Our hosts: Klaus Sandy Sylvia Wren Louise Fishing Guy
Thanks, also,to Dot and Tom, who were instrumental in the success of this blogging event. You should definitely come fly with us!
I have a funny story for you today. As a storm chaser, any movie with weather fascinates me, either as I pick it apart, pointing out the errors resulting from the production company's limited weather knowledge, or as I appreciate the awesomeness, power and fury of nature. Last night, when I finished taking care of getting Mini-Dew to finish her make-up work from missing a day of school and off to bed, I went into our room to find my wonderful groom watching (of all things) "Twister". Stop me in my tracks! I love that movie(!)... but, of couse. So, I plopped down in front of the TV and started watching along with him. It was a scene where Helen Hunt (Jo) and Bill Paxton (Bill) were examining the sky before a tornado developed talking about cloud heights... and something I hadn't noticed before until last night was that the clouds in that scene were my most absolute favorite clouds ever! MAMMATUS CLOUDS! Granted, it was just a flash of them on the screen, and they weren't the most magnificent display, but... HOW HAVE I MISSED THAT BEFORE?! I have seen the movie about 40,000 times (sadly not too terribly far from exaggeration). How did I miss my favorite clouds?! Anyways, in case you have no clue what I am talking about when I say mammatus clouds. I had a wonderfully powerful display a year ago.
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.As for everything else, the Gulf Coast has been experiencing the wettest December on record, thanks, in large part, to el niño. Unfortunately, that spells flooding and lots of it widespread. Check out this gusher.This area of low pressure off the Gulf of Mexico is a source of way too much precipitation in Texas and Louisiana, but rain bands are expected to stretch out as far as Georgia during the course of the day. Flood watches, flash flood watches and flood warnings have been plastered across much of the southeast. If you encounter water over a road, Turn Around, Don't Drown™!! Do not try to drive in flood waters.
Have a blessed (and dry) day!