Puddle in the Pasture

A view of the Pacific Northwest from the back yard.



Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sky Watch

"Mackerel in the sky, three days dry"
"Mackerel sky, mackerel sky. Never long wet, never long dry"
"Mare's tails and Mackerel scales, make tall ships carry low sails"
Altocumulus.
The phrase 'mackerel sky' came from the fact that it looks like
the markings of an adult king mackerel.
Altocumulus clouds form when there is moisture present at middle levels,
and when temperatures rang from colder than freezing to a little warmer than freezing.
If the altocumulus are growing in area and thickness with time, and are
approaching from the wind direction at the cloud's level, then a change toward moister weather is indicated.

8 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous skies, colors and wonderful photos! I hope they mean good things for your weather, but I'm afraid it doesn't! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Daisy said...

I enjoyed this post, Ebet. Very pretty sky pictures, and I learned something too! :D

J Bar said...

Great scattered cloud shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

The Write Girl said...

Your poetry is so delightful. I adore those clouds. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us also : )

Bill S. said...

Interesting sky. Thanks for explaining about the sky and clouds. Great captures.

Mary said...

Great photos and I had not heard those sayings. Interesting!

A. Joy said...

Very interesting fact Bet! No need to go to school when you have smart friends who write blogs to read!

Regina said...

Beautiful skies!

Happy weekend.