Monday, November 14, 2011

Cool Clouds: Sensational Cirrus

These are the first cirrus clouds I’ve photographed as part of the Cool Clouds project. So I was more than ready to plunge into research mode.

It turns out cirrus is a Latin word that means “curling lock of hair.” I’m not sure of cirrus clouds really resemble ringlets of hair, but I guess someone thought they do.

We see cirrus clouds when tiny water droplets form high in the atmosphere—above 16,500 feet to be exact.

Lots of cirrus clouds can mean the weather is about to change, usually for the worse. But random, scattered cirrus clouds like the ones out my window aren’t much use in weather forecasting.

Oh well. They’re still lovely.

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