Some nice CIrrus spissatus and the rare Cirrus castellanus yesterday (something I say a lot here in old AZy). Here is half hour sequence of a patch of heavily precipitating Cirrus spissatus, kind of a cloud oxymoron. I thought it was pretty spectacular even if you don’t care one wit about it. (Hahaha, “wit” instead of “whit.”)
Those Cirrus clouds were up at about 35,000 feet above sea level, at around -50 C (-58 F), but snowing like mad. Don’t let folks tell you its too cold to snow; usually happens that way because here on the surface there’s a high pressure over you, the sky is clear, to wit; a fair weather pattern, and that’s why its not snowing here on the earth when its -58 F, except maybe when there’s a ice haze called “diamond dust“, tiny ice crystals floating/glinting in the air.)
The day ended up with lower Cirrus and few Altocumulus clouds with virga as the dry air aloft moved in, providing the clear western horizon that allowed the sun to highlight our clouds. That great sunset, as much as I could see anyway being “on the road” here:
The weather ahead
Mods still showing rain in the area on Sunday the 17th pretty consistently now. And as we saw from the “errorful” NOAA spaghetti maps yesterday, a trough with cooler weather, clouds and scattered precip is pretty much in the bag for that time period (16th-18th). Can only hope that we get something measurable here. But, even without rain, those days will be pretty ones with Cumulus clouds around.