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, September 03, 2009

All sorts of towers...

SKY WATCH FRIDAY time! Welcome all sky fans!!! I might not have time to respond to you, but I will try my best to visit!!!

Our hosts: Klaus Sandy Ivar 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 would like to share two shots with you today. One, I shot Monday morning. There was an amazing sunrise, which turned a patch of virga (rain that doesn't reach the ground) bright pink. I have enhanced the contrast to help you to see it more clearly. I posted it unedited on August 31, if you care to check that out.It was beautiful. My other choice for today is just a random June cumulus tower from my 2007 archive. It made me smile, so I thought, why not...
Speaking of towers... does everyone remember the tornado that ripped through downtown Atlanta on March 14, 2008? Well, that same tornado damaged about 1500 windows on the Westin Peachtree hotel.

the cylindrical hotel was heavily damaged by the March 14, 2008 twister that ripped through the area. Designed to sway, the building moved two feet in either direction from the force. The damage knocked 320 of the hotel’s 1,068 rooms out of service, and 81 are still not being used.
Today, work has begun to replace those broken windows. Though the project will take over a year to complete, the structure will be much more structurally sound when the project is complete ($22 million later...)
The replacements, each larger than a doorframe, will be heavier than the originals -- 270 pounds instead of 140 pounds -- in order to meet today’s building codes, which are more stringent than when the hotel was built in 1976.
Here are some links to my coverage of that historic tornado.
Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4
Link 5

Aside from the, the largest wildfire in LA history is still not contained, but humidity levels have risen to help the firefighters in their efforts. Tropical Storm Erika is just about done with her time with us. She is amounting to just about nothing.

Have a... ... day!


  1. I love those towering white puffy ones and if you more in the freezer, whip them out and show them, I would love to see them always.

    How are you.

    Happy skywatching. Enjoy the long weekend.

  2. Great post, a little bit of everything! Loved the clouds, was amazing by the tower, and sent off smiling at the ducklings

  3. Great post.
    That 2nd photo is beautiful.

    Come visit,
    Troy and martha

  4. Great post as always, love those clouds in the second shot.

    Have a great weekend
    Regina In Pictures

  5. Awesome! As ever your shots are magnificent! Happy weekend to you, the weekend always starts on Thursdays in our house whether we are working on Friday or not!

  6. Always enjoy your posts and what we learn about the weather, the colourful sky is ever so pretty but those ducklings just make me smile. Thanks for sharing with sky watch friday.

  7. Fabulous sky shots. Love those clouds!

  8. Both beautiful sky photos, but that first one is a stunner. Such a beautiful range of colours in there. Have a great weekend.

  9. Both beautiful sky photos, but that first one is a stunner. Such a beautiful range of colours in there. Have a great weekend.

  10. I like the 2nd sky photo. Seems to evoke a hidden power within.

  11. Lovely pictures..and what a job to do that window work.

  12. Great photo's!
    Love the little duckies in the last photo!
    Take care
    Happy SWF

  13. Great post and sabulous sky shots!

  14. Wow! $22 Million! I hope the new windows will withstand such high winds. The pink sky in your top photo is a stunner!

  15. Love the beautiful variety! Incredible shots! Love the clouds and the pink sky both!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  16. Another wonderful skies!
    Happy weekend.

  17. Dew: Beautiful sky captures, I love the big fluffy cloud. It looks like you got your ducks in a row.

  18. I had a ducky day. Your photos are gorgeous. Thank you.

  19. As always, time well spent visiting here ~ All the best, Maria

  20. Great photos for a SWF!Really interesting to see!Thank you for sharing!Have a nice weekend!

  21. Interesting post, nice pictures. Nice colours in the first one and I love the cumulus tower, great shot.

  22. Excellent post... the top picture is awesome Dew... and I have learned something new. "virga (rain that doesn't reach the ground)" I going to make time to read up on this... thanks Dew for another great posting for Sky Watch.

  23. Wow love the skies and that twister caused come damage we dont encounter anything like that over here in the UK XXX Don

  24. What if I like those ducks more than your sky today?

    They are really cute.

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  25. Very interesting pink clouds, who would of thought it was rain that would not reach the Earth! The big towering clouds are impressive too.

  26. sunrises are amazing, every time. But.... I just can't get my rear end up at that hour! I'll stick to sunsets!

  27. A very beautiful pink sky and that tremendous cumulus tower makes a spectacular ice-cream cone, love the ducklings too!

    Stay safe...

  28. simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!


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