Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Undulatus Asperatus

Nope. The title is not a spell from Harry Potter. It is the strange cloud type that we saw yesterday. I have only witnessed these clouds twice in my life...yesterday and several years ago in Lima, Ohio with similar weather. I grabbed my camera and took a panoramic photo of the clouds. The normally flat, boring, stratus clouds are forced into a wavy pattern thanks to a thunderstorm following from behind and churning up the atmosphere, with it's winds, just before the rain and lightning arrives. Needless to say, we got a LOT of great photos into the weather center of the clouds. As a matter of fact, they are not an official cloud type yet...they were submitted into the World Meteorological Society in 2009, but have yet to be approved as a cloud decision yet. Either way, very rare and unique weather situation for them to occur.

Today should be another day of steady rain and cool temperatures as we get into the low 50's. Tomorrow we will only get into the upper 40's with the rain slowly becoming more scattered and leaving. Cold air will punch in and still would not be surprised with a flurry or two to the northwest. The good news is that the weekend will slowly warm up and we will spend the afternoons in the upper 50's, but a chance for frost in the mornings with lows in the mid 30's. Try to stay dry and have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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