Lynne Royce  

Cloud Pattern by Lynne Royce

November 2023 - Cloud Pattern

About the Image(s)

Was walking long ocean's edge looking for seaglass one day this week when I looked up and was amazed to see unusual pattern of clouds. They looked like braids to me. Wonder what weather event created the cloud pattern?

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9 comments posted

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
What an interesting sky. Nice capture. Let us know if you get any info about what caused this pattern, The clear sky at the bottom of the image is a nice anchor for the "blanket" of clouds.   Posted: 11/06/2023 08:37:00

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Clouds always get my attention. I save cloud photos in case I may need to add in where there is a blank sky. One never knows. I am sure if we would show this cloud formation to a trained weather person, there would be a name for this rare unique cloud structure. I have seen similar, but nothing as beautiful as your image. I think living as close to the ocean as you do Lynne, there are more cloud variations then folks like me who have trouble seeing things through the next tree. Jerry   Posted: 11/07/2023 09:58:36

Robert Barley   Robert Barley
Just as Jerry mentioned, I frequently find clouds worthy of attention. This neat formation is unusual for the region where I live, so I had no idea what it is called, or how it forms. So, I used a Google image search and found it may be "Undulatus." This page may explain a bit more about it, if you wish to look:

Nice sky image that you could use to fill-in an uninteresting sky in some photograph.
  Posted: 11/08/2023 12:13:53
Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Fascinating that these undulatus clouds got their name as resemble rippling waves as they formed over ocean's waves. Good research Bob. If I had known this I would also have taken photo to include ocean's rippling waves. Thanks for the research. Fascinating. Like this sentence " Their presence is a reminder to any who might forget, that the atmosphere around us is just as much of an ocean as the sea below."   Posted: 11/08/2023 12:46:08
Robert Barley   Robert Barley
I learned something about this cloud formation, too, so it was a good exercise. I live on the east side of the Rocky Mountains, so sometimes we see "lee waves" which are the result of the jet stream racing over the slower surface air and forming wave clouds, but the distance between the waves is much longer. So, similar to, but a bit different than undulatus. And who knew there was a "Cloud Appreciation Society?" I had no idea. It's good to learn.
  Posted: 11/08/2023 13:14:28
Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
  Posted: 11/08/2023 14:59:58

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
That is a neat photo. As a person like me who photos in Arizona deserts, I don't me sky clouds like this one. I get started too late to provide comments on your wonderful photo, so I agree with the comments given from the other members. Lynne, you have the ability to locate places that would make excellent photos, and you did that here with this photo. Great job Lynne!   Posted: 11/08/2023 15:06:19

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
It's a keeper, for sure. Something will come along to combine images.It must have been beautiful to be standing under these clouds.   Posted: 11/12/2023 11:29:11

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Like the trees we have seen this month it seems the clouds can also tell a story. Not only should we look behind us when photographing but also look up. Great capture Lynne. Now that we know the phenomenon behind the cloud formation I agree that having some of the ocean in the image would complete the story.   Posted: 11/12/2023 14:03:20