Saturday 16 May 20 – Stratocumulus

Herne Bay.  Warmish with light and variable winds.  The crystal clear visibility remains.  (Have we just got cleaner air because of lock down?) A thin and broken stratocumulus layer alows sunlight to break through.

The day started with a thicker low cloud.

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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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