Mar 14-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: March: Mar 14-05
Snowdrifts in the sky    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Lyn Rayrat

Mary Drew feeling the chill, getting closer to home on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 06:01 am:

Cloud formations, varied shapes in the sky, give the imagination a workout, figuring what they resemble. First glance at this shot by Lyn Rayrat, made me think it was upside down, since I thought it was drifted snowbanks. Then I realized it was a cloud formation and figured only in the U.P. could you have snow piled on the ground and in the sky too! Kind of looks like a reflection in a lake, seeing double the snow…

Ok, so I admit the above thoughts of twice the snow in the Upper Peninsula, could be because my senses are being assaulted by the withdrawal of the southern sunshine gradually turning into northern whiteness as we get closer to home. Yes, by tonight we should be home in Lake Linden again and ALWAYS on our trip was I able to obtain Internet access. All it took was a local phone call with Pasty.NET's Nationwide Dial-In and I was checking on the happenings at home. Thanks for the great reliable service! :->

By mb, florida on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 06:03 am:

Good Morning

By julie b., MI on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 06:13 am:

Great picture Mary! Thanks!

Have a safe trip home!

By smf in troll land on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 06:27 am:

Nice picture!

By Chuck, IL on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 06:49 am:

An interesting story, along the lines of Mary's northward trek. When my sister's family was heading home from the greenery of Florida, heading closer to snowland, my nephew asked, somewhere in Indiana, "What month is it here?"

By Mr. Bill on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 07:58 am:

Most unusual, wow.

By FLYIN on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:05 am:

On top of these clouds there are always just three colors.......Blue, white, and yellow. I spend a lot of time studying the sky from a different perspective, and never tire of it.

By Taana on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:09 am:

It looks like a catchers mitt!

By H. Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:09 am:

Congratulations to Ms. Rayrat for photograph of the day selection...

By Debra, Muskegon, MI on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:38 am:

I see heaven. : )

By roger on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:38 am:

I see God's crown!
What else!
Have a good day all.

By Sarah, Central WI on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:39 am:


By Missin the UP from NJ on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:55 am:


By Missin the UP from NJ on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:57 am:

Okay- Weather experts out there--- HOW do these clouds form?

By Kate, CA on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 09:02 am:

I see dinosaur ribs.

By Mel, Kansas on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 09:14 am:

I have always seen the furrows of a plowed field in clouds like these. Guess that shows I grew up seeing quite a bit of farm country.

By Pete Wi on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 09:39 am:

Mary I believe these are known as mammary clouds. I saw them once over Green Bay and this is what the old sailors told me.

By pegg, fla on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 10:32 am:

Giant vapor trails made by angels flying in formation.

By Ron WA on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 10:47 am:

Thanks Pete for the name, but as Mary wants to know what causes them.

By John Dee - Lake Linden, MI on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 10:58 am:

Actually, I have never heard the term Mammary Cloud used before. Perhaps Pete is confusing them with Mammatus Clouds, which are associated with severe weather.

These are technically Strato Cumulus clouds. To be more specific Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds. They form as the result of differing layers of moisture, density and wind speed in the atmosphere as you travel in the vertical.

The different wind speed causes turbulence (a roll) in the atmosphere, much the way you might cause a bunching or roll to occur with an area rug if you push one spot while keeping the other end fixed. The rolls occur perpendicular to the wind direction. The clouds are formed by a layer of more moist air being lifted in the roll of the atmosphere. That lift causes the air to expand, cool and thus the moisture to condense, forming a cloud. Areas where there are clouds is where the air is rising, areas where the air is sinking the air is clear.

As much as I would like to say these clouds are unique to the UP, they are actually common in all areas of the mid-latitudes of the earth (30 north/south latitude to 55 north/south latitude).


By sur5er on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 11:10 am:

Wow, love the pic! Mary, have a safe trip home :)

By sur5er on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 11:13 am:

John Dee,

Neat to have you here. I love your website, and reading your journal. Hubby and I are also looking forward to the day we move up to the is our ultimate dream.

By Don again Mqt on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 12:32 pm:

John Dee - Both words arise from the same Latin root Mamma! -- "The modified cutaneous, glandular structure on the anterior aspect of the thorax that contains the elements that secrete milk for nourishment of the young." Dorlands Medical Dictionary.

By DaK in VA on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 01:06 pm:

John, see what you get for not paying attention in Med school ???

By maijaMI on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 02:17 pm:

The right side of the picture looks like two people's legs with their feet in the water.

By Roudy Mi on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 02:29 pm:

I thought that was a still picture. Yet every time I come back to look at it I see something different.

By Beverly, San Jose on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 02:39 pm:

I love those clouds, to see them from above also must be incredible. Mother Nature at her best.

By dm hace, houghton on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 03:00 pm:

AHHH!!! No words can properly describe the beauty Mother Nature has once again displayed.

By Missin the UP from NJ on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 03:35 pm:


By Grimace on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 06:48 pm:

Hey everybody,
These are rib clouds , they form after a barbecue or a tailgate party in Green Bay . Reach up and grab some of that soft tissue that Green Bay is famous for.

By Patricia, MI on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 07:25 pm:

They look like Q-tips!

By Nancy, East Lansing on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 07:35 pm:

I thought of a giant spider, with pincers in the middle.

Also - the "rib" on the right looks like a finger, complete with fingernail.

By True Troll on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 08:45 pm:

"Mammary clouds" LOL LOL LOL no offense but for some reason coming from some old sailors this does not surprise me in the least. I will definitely be sharing this one with the gals at work tomorrow. Thanks for the good chuckle.

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 12:45 am:

It looks like a tarantula about to attack the U.P. --- Man that is one weird pattern! (LOL).

By Howard, New York on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 09:03 am:

This is surreal!

By Beverly, San Jose on Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 02:06 am:

It looks like the "Ghost Busters" experiment backfired on the "Marshmellow man". Just kidding. :)

By Michigan on Sunday, March 20, 2005 - 02:35 am:

Clouds...why so much analysis? Their beauty is your perception...Imagine peace, order, calm.

By Piiku on Sunday, March 20, 2005 - 02:40 am:

I'm glad I live where the beauty of the clouds is not obstructed by buildings or pollution. Cheers!

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