It’s been very “West Coasty in the spring” here lately. Cool days, 70s, with do-nothing Stratocumulus splotches all over. I couldn’t take it anymore in SEA, and bailed largely due to the dominance of Stratocumulus as a cloud type there. Yes, I would be termed a “stratophobe.” A lot of us refugees from the West Coast suffer from “latent stratophobia”, and aren’t really running from crime, smog, traffic congestion, or high prices on the West Coast. You can only take so much strato, and I know many of you out there are reaching your limit here as well. You’ve seen enough “June gloom” days throughout the year.
I hate to punish you with more photos of Stratocumulus clouds, but to document yesterday, it has to be done. Concentrate on the scenery below the Stratocumulus in the following photos as a way of calming down. Fortunately today we should see only small Cu, and little Stratocu.
However, early on, those with expert cloud-maven eyes probably noticed the development, if briefly, of shallow Cumulonimbus clouds to our north. Tops really didn’t protrude much above the overall tops of ugh, must I say it again, those Stratocumulus clouds so prevalent elsewhere. Of course, there were some Cumulus, too, most underneath the spreading layer of ugh, Stratocumulus. Hmmm. I like that; “Ugh Stratocumulus.” Everyone would know instantly what that cloud type is! Low, gray, lumpy; nothing really redeeming about it. I’ll try to work around the shots of Stratocu as much as I can.
The weather ahead
From IPS MeteoStar’s rendering of our WRF-GFS model output, this:
More troughs pummel the SW into mid-May, but other than bringing fluctuating temperatures and wind, look a bit on the dry side. Dang.