So, here’s our caffeine test for Wednesday morning. Examine the cloud formation below:
What’s stands out most to you: the 1) mammatus undulatus cloud formation, or 2) the UFO above the left tree line?
If you answered 2) you’ve had way too much coffee this morning. Or way too much LSD last night. Sorry, but you’ll have to be the judge of that one.
So, well, I took this yesterday afternoon, down at the local roadhouse. What caught my eye was the cloud formation, as the “UFO” is simply the reflection of a light fixture in the window I was shooting through. We don’t see many mammatus clouds in the rockies; they tend to form under anvil shaped super-cell thunderstorms (denizens of the great plains, and over my house after I fix my three alarm chili), unless that is, it’s the jet stream slamming into upwelling air forced up by mountains. Rocky Mountain National Park is about 40 miles “thataway” – and I guess those count as mountains, so there you go.
Here’s a close up with some contrast and saturation added, to show more of the rolling contours of this formation, and with our pesky UFO cropped out:
I’m a cloud freak…I admit it, and I love mammatus clouds most of all, but these so-called undulatus clouds are a bit of a rarity, even down on the plains. If you were looking at these clouds from the left, say, you’d see what was for all intents and purposes objects close in aspect to a sine wave, representing a tremendous amount of instability in the atmosphere. Needless to say, we have a major winter storm in the forecast – for this afternoon!
Never one to keep to a schedule, I’m working on a completely new story – which is, I’m afraid, a sequel of sorts to a movie that came out in 1986.
The first draft of this story is about 2/3rds complete, so give or take a few days I might get a first version out this weekend, or early next week latest. At any rate, it’s an idea I’ve had kicking around in the back of my head for years (since the 90s, at least), and I thought it time to get the idea on paper. Well, you know what I mean.
It’s apolitical, too, which I feel certain will come as a relief to you. To me, too, as well.
At any rate, I wish I’d caught a UFO on film (or sensor, as the case may be), but I promise – when I do you’ll see it here first.