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Hole-punch Clouds and Chewbacca

This beast is large, very hairy and wet, and steals sandwiches

It’s Saturday. I will have even fewer blog visitors than on a work-day. I don’t have to find the narrative thread that ties any one thing with another. It’s my blog. I have a full cup of coffee. And the grand daughters are still asleep. So there.

As a life-long cloud-watcher, you can imagine my excitement to see images and read about a new kind of cloud discovered, that is not, well, natural. It is produced by airplanes, and these same plane-cloud combinations can create two kinds of snowfall: one that is narrow and corresponds to the aircraft’s path as it passes through this certain kind of cloud layer; and the other, a snowfall that might cover a considerable stretch of the landscape and leaves a circular hole in the sky. Read about it (or listen) at NPR.

And with a whip-lash change of direction, pictured, an unnamed new species of wildlife (of which there has been an ample showing lately) that I think is probably related to Chewie, though R2D2 was not spotted up Nameless Creek Valley. I will tell you this was during a session a friend and I have come to call “Solving World Problems One Six-pack At a Time.” We do it for the planet. You’re welcome.

6 thoughts on “Hole-punch Clouds and Chewbacca”

  1. Actually, this is Tsuga’s 125 pound friend, Jesse, visiting for the afternoon. He makes Tsuga look tiny. And boy does he get nasty when he does a belly-flop in the creek water-sand-and-mud!

  2. Wow. The cloud/snow phenomena are amazing. And just as amzing that they are just now being understood.

  3. I’ve got two big bloodhounds, one weighs 135, the other 130. Even though they have short hair they absorb water like a sponge. And when they do the shake, rattle, and roll to remove all excess moisture it sends water vapor and massive amounts of drool into absolute orbit.

    Liked this post a lot.

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