Silver Feathers   Leave a comment

After weeks of unchanging skies, with the bored sun coming up, going down, coming up, going down, in an empty sky — we have clouds!

There were a few at sunrise, over Bear Mountain.

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Later that morning, there were some that looked ominous.

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But the ones that made me run for my camera were the ones that looked like silver feathers.

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When I zoomed in on them, they looked more feather-like than ever.  With a good imagination, you can even see the quills.

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According to the news at noon, radar showed rain falling out of the darker-looking ones, along the west side of the valley.  The air is so dry, though (19% at noon) that it turned to virga and evaporated long before it hit the ground.

Darn.

But there’s a better chance for water actually hitting the ground along about Wednesday or Thursday, if only a little.  We’re ready.  Everyone’s so tired of heat and dust.  The heat is less, but the dust is worse than ever.  It puffs about your ankles at every step when you take a walk, and you come in with once-white socks brown.  Or black, if you’ve been down to the burn area in the river.

Maybe it’s time for a rain dance.

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Posted October 7, 2013 by stablewoman in Weather

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