Friday, 24 May 2013

A Variety of Clouds

Yesterday we suffered bitterly cold northerly winds gusting to force five which brought sharp hail and rain-showers, making it a bitterly cold day.  It was still chilly this morning - last night's temperature dropped to 3C - but the wind dropped, the sky cleared, and we've been treated to sunshine and such a variety of clouds that Kilchoan Early Bird was moved to take photos of them.

The Diary is always willing to hazard a guess at cloud types: the ones above look like cirrus, while...

....these look like alto-cumulus.

The weather looks set fair for the next few days, a trend we deserve after a dismal first half to May.  With sporadic alerts from AuroraWatch, this is probably the last chance we'll have of seeing an aurora as, during June, the sky is light all night.  The sky was already bright with the first signs of dawn at 2.00am this morning.

Many thanks to Kilchoan Early Bird for the two pictures.

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