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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Kade

Watching the Clouds Go By......

Michael and I decided it was a watching the clouds go by kind of day. Sometimes, you just have to rest and relax and enjoy the clouds roll by.

"Where do the clouds go while crossing the sky? High cirrus clouds are moved by a jet stream and sometimes travel at 100 kmph. When clouds are a part of a thunderstorm, they usually travel at 30-40 kmph. Clouds do not fall to the ground as they are made up of tiny droplets of water, which fall very slowly through air and come down with rain or snow."

"When describing the movement of clouds, there are several words and phrases that can be used to convey this motion. Clouds can move in various ways, such as drifting, billowing, racing, or streaming across the sky. Each word provides a unique description of the cloud's movement, allowing the reader or listener to visualize the scene more vividly."

"1. Drifting: Clouds that are drifting are moving slowly and smoothly across the sky. This term is often used to describe calm and peaceful movements of clouds. It gives the impression of a gentle, unhurried motion, as if the clouds are lazily floating by. When using the word "drifting," one can imagine a serene and tranquil atmosphere.

2. Billowing: When clouds billow, they appear to roll or surge in a wave-like manner. This term is often used to describe large, puffy cumulus clouds that expand and contract as they move across the sky. The word "billowing" creates an image of clouds that are constantly changing shape and size, creating a dynamic and dramatic scene.

3. Racing: Clouds that are racing are moving swiftly across the sky. This word conveys a sense of speed and urgency, as if the clouds are in a hurry. When using the word "racing," one can imagine clouds moving rapidly, driven by strong winds or atmospheric conditions. It creates a sense of energy and motion in the sky.

4. Streaming: When clouds stream, they appear to flow in a continuous and steady manner. This term is often used to describe long, thin clouds, such as cirrus clouds, that stretch across the sky. The word "streaming" creates an image of clouds that are elongated and stretched out, resembling a flowing stream. It conveys a sense of fluidity and movement."

"Can you see a face in the clouds? Some thought that seeing faces in the clouds was a symptom of psychosis while others, including famous scientist Carl Sagan, thought that pareidolia came from an evolutionary need to recognize people or potential threats quickly. In actuality, pareidolia comes from our need to organize random information into patterns.

Meaning of pareidolia: is the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.

Pareidolia is the tendency for perception to impose a meaningful interpretation on a nebulous stimulus, usually visual, so that one sees an object, pattern, or meaning where there is none.

Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, seeing faces in inanimate objects, or lunar pareidolia like the Man in the Moon or the Moon Rabbit. The concept of pareidolia may extend to include hidden messages in recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds, and hearing voices (mainly indistinct) or music in random noise, such as that produced by air conditioners or fans."

Oh..........I can't make out anything!!!!! Can you?????????? I just say I have a vivid imagination!

"Do clouds go to sleep? Basically, any process where the air is sinking will dissipate clouds. So, cumulus clouds don't go to sleep at night, but they simply return back to the boundary layer as moisture ready for the next day of warming."

"Are clouds moving or the earth? Clouds move in response to the local winds. Although the air immediately around you may be still, the winds are far stronger thousands of meters higher up. That is why clouds are usually in motion, even on apparently windless days. But... part of a cloud's motion is indeed governed by Earth's rotation.

"Do clouds look the same everywhere? You might think that clouds are clouds all over the Earth, but that is not quite so. If you're in the southern Hemisphere, the clouds there are different, more abundant, and more reflective than clouds found in the Northern Hemisphere, a fact scientists are well familiar with, but have not been able to fully explain."

"Do clouds always move in the same direction? No clouds do not always move in the same direction. However, you generally see them moving in the area of the prevailing wind. You must also understand that wind direction is quite sensitive to the idea of surrounding weather patterns."

"How long does a cloud last? Persistent contrails can often grow into natural-looking cirrus clouds within a few hours, a phenomenon that is best observed from space. Although they typically last for only 4-6 hours, some clusters have been observed to last more than 14 hours and travel thousands of kilometers before dissipating."

Took our shopping bags and went to the Coop to pick up a few things for dinner. Michael was out of yoghurt, actually.

So many choices for raclette and fondue. It is difficult to think about raclette and/or fondue when the temperature today was 87 degrees with 88% humidity. It is the "dog days of summer!"

Tonight for dinner, we had a salad, chicken legs with mushrooms in a sauce, and a nice warm bread.

For dessert, I had to try the watermelon yoghurt. Yes, it really tastes like fresh watermelon. I was so very surprised!!!!!!!!! I certainly have not seen this back in Scottsdale. Michael

had the cherry and the pineapple.

Good night to the clouds over the Jungfrau.

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