Tuesday 5 May 20 – Cumulus, Stratocumulus, Cirrus

Herne Bay, light breeze and fair weather.  Cirrus dominates the skyscape with shallow streets of cumulus forming closer to the sea surface.  More clouds out at sea.

Chart and satellite picure combo show anticyclone in the North Sea and a feature analysed as an upper occlusion over the channel; there is much upper level cloud associated with this streaking past above in the upper winds.  This system just visible to the South.


Clouds – Thursday 16 April 2020


Hampton, Herne Bay at 1430.  Light winds, cool temperatures feeling a little bit clamy.

The North Sea is a little bit murky today, it almost felt like mist.  When does mist and murk become a cloud? The answer is, when it is thick enough to be fog.

The visibility is not brilliant today and there is no hard horizon.  The clouds are a little shapeless and grey.  Mostly low level stratocumulus and stratus.  There are occasional lighter patches in the sky and even a hint of blue in places; the cloud layer is not thick and merely the result of the cooling effect of the North Sea on moist air moving up from the south, see chart and satellite image below.