Undulatus Asperatum Clouds – 27th August 2016

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StictchPIt’s not often I get very excited by clouds, but today I made an exception. It was the usual bank holiday weather, grey, dark and raining on and off. No chance of any day time solar or late night astronomy this weekend, again! After all the nice weather we’ve had, you’d think it could hold off for when we’re having a break from work. But no!

So there I was sitting in the study tweaking some of my presentations when the weather made a dramatic turn for the worse. Much darker clouds rolled in and the rain started. Luckily, I looked out of the window and saw these amazing cloud formations. They looked positively weird, just the sort of thing you see portrayed in films depicting Armageddon. So what can I do but get the cameras pointed out of the windows and take some pictures. Once the clouds returned to normal the heavens opened their floodgates and for an hour it absolutely poured down. They were Undulatus Asperatum clouds apparently.

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