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, December 17, 2009

Feeling wet, wet, wet

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 niƱo. 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!


  1. I have not seen that movie yet in its entirety. Now that is a fine looking cloud formation. I love that one too.

  2. Never knew that clouds could be erotic! Live and learn!

    Cool photo xo

  3. Hello Dew. Happy Holidays.
    Wow such a glorious captures!


  4. Fantastic sky, awesome photograph!

  5. gotta a love the Mammatus cloud formation and that golden hue...WOW
    we are anticipating some snow this weekend beginning tomorrow...shall see how it all pans out.
    have a wonderful weekend.

  6. That one took my breath away, Dew! WOW! the gold color is magnificent and the texture is amazing! Wow!

    Have a terrific weekend and enjoy the skies!!


  7. What a treasure trove of information. I thought I knew my clouds pretty well, being a boater on the salt, but you've taught me a new one.. thanks!

  8. Wow great capture of the mammatus formation beneath the Cumulonimbus-they are a sign of severe weather systems. Thanks for sharing Dewdrop:)

  9. WOW, that one is a definite keeper.

    All the best :)
    Regina In Pictures

  10. I too enjoy that movie, it has you on the edge of your seat at times, great special effects.

    Love your photo also,

    Gill in Canada

  11. What an exciting life you lead - be safe!

  12. I love them too. I bet you anything God is more fem. than masc.

  13. Incredible shots! I've only seen mammatus clouds once here in New Mexico, but they were stunning when I did see them and I couldn't figure out why everyone else wasn't outside taking photos with me. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Beautiful sky shot. Fantastic capture.

  15. I have never seen this type of cloud...absolutely stunning!

  16. As usual an intersesting post and... I like the film 'Twister' too, although a bit 'over the top' :-)

  17. Awesome photo, the colors and couds are wonderful.

  18. Beautiful clouds! I love the colour. :)

  19. Thanks for educating us about the different types of clouds. This is a gorgous picture. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Boob clouds... I like it!

    I hope we get some drier weather over here, although I'll be headed out next week for the holidays.

    Happy Friday!!

  21. I hear you on the movies. After watching Law and Order with my husband the lawyer and computer geek, not only do I know all the common legal goofs in Hollywood, I get to hear all the technology stuff they mess up, too. But it's so rewarding when it is right - a real, unearned, sense of accomplishment.

  22. that cloud photo is gorgeous!


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