Nov 05 2013
I love it when the sky does this.
These pretty clouds won’t rain … yet. They drift by in thin shields with gaps between and when they thicken they look like buttermilk (click here to see).
These are altocumulus clouds that form in the mid-level of the cloud deck, between 6,500 and 20,000 feet. Their thicker version is called a mackerel sky because the effect resembles the scales on a king mackerel.
Weather sayings confuse me about the message these clouds are bringing. One poem says, “Mackerel sky, mackerel sky – never long wet, never long dry.” Worst case: These are overtaken six to eight hours later by different clouds that bring rain.
On the day I took this photo I was outdoors for six hours and yes, these happy clouds were followed by thick, potential rain clouds.
But it didn’t rain until I got home.
(photo by Kate St. John)