March 3, 2014

Clouds can speak to you!

By Margaret Gillespie, Naturalist

In this view from my window, I can tell there is a good chance of rain or snow in a couple of days. How does that work? It’s all in the clouds! The clouds pictured are cirrus cloud often called “mare’s tails.” These high level clouds composed of ice crystals are whipped into formations that resemble horse’s tails by winds approaching ahead of a weather front. In other words, rain or snow is coming within the next 36 hours. The sight of “mare’s tails” is not as a bad omen to me but a sign to take advantage of the good weather I have at the moment.

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