Wednesday 3 June 2020 – Altostratus and cirrostratus

Herne Bay about 0830. Calm and tranquil, overcast but mild. There is a fairly dense canopy consisting of sheets of medium and upper level cloud; altostratus and cirrostratus. The sun is struggling to make it’s presence known. Some lower strato cumulus shows moisture and activity at a lower level.

Thursday 14 May 20 – Early – Cumulus

Today is a day when you can watch the clouds develop.  The aristream is unstable with respect to sea surface temperatures.  There is a hard edge to the lifting condensation level and spirals of cumulus development are evident.  Within the space of 5 minutes you can witness cloud currents grow, mature and fade.

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Monday 11 May 20 – Cumulus and Cumulonimbus

Herne Bay and Reculver.  Cold, near gale force wind with good sunny spells but some showers too.  Featured image shows cumulus with blue sky to the left but the onset of a shower to the right.  Note the reduction of visibility under the shower and the loss of a hard horizon.  I have no image of the vertical extent of the cloud but there are strong gusts and showers, so … cumulonimbus.  In between the showers are smaller cumulus clouds, but always in a cold blast.

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This bitter north easterly across the North Sea has reset the seasons back to winter after some summer like days last week.

The satellite image for the same time shows a classic pattern of deep convection with separate convective cells dappled in the flow.

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