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Cirrus: Are you Serious?

December 29, 2012

Cirrus NOAAOK, so I am on vacation in Orlando, Florida Yesterday and as we are driving to the hotel the night before my wife and I notice some amazing and remarkable Cirrus Clouds.  I am a pretty laid back guy and I am trying to drive in rush hour traffic while taking photos with my Iphone and steering with my knee (25 MPH…).  My wife figured that was not a good idea with her and the kids in the car so she took my IPhone and took some photos herself because they looked so strange.  I have included a typical photo here and I will upload some when I figure out how to get them off my IPhone.

From Wilkepedia

“Cirrus clouds generally appear white or light gray in color. They form when water vapor undergoes deposition at altitudes above 5,000 m (16,500 ft) in temperate regions and above 6,100 m (20,000 ft) in tropical regions. They also form from the outflow of tropical cyclones or the anvils of cumulonimbus clouds. Since these cirrus clouds arrive in advance of the frontal system or tropical cyclone, they indicate that the weather conditions may soon deteriorate. While they indicate the arrival of precipitation (rain), cirrus clouds themselves produce only fall streaks (falling ice crystals that evaporate before landing on the ground).”

cirrus ionizedIn short there were what I believe to be energetic entropic particle tracks all over the sky near Orlando for two days.  They appeared to be coming in from the Southeast and Southwest and turning towards the north.  Now ordinarily I would just think how cool those clouds are but I also noticed they were pointing towards the direction of Windermere, FL where I am just crazy enough to know that approx six weeks ago a large 60 foot sinkhole opened up.  Some of my particle tracks from the Ohio sinkhole also appear to be swinging over this area off and on.  Couple that with the fact that the hotel pool heater broke down and the fire alarm went off during the night and you will understand why I felt like I was staying near uncertainty…

Jet stream-powered cirrus clouds can grow long enough to stretch across continents, but they remain only a few kilometers deep.[4] When visible light interacts with the ice crystals in cirrus clouds, it produces optical phenomena such as sun dogs and haloes. Cirrus clouds are known to raise the temperature of the air beneath them by an average of 10 °C (18 °F). When they become so extensive that they are virtually indistinguishable from one another, they form a sheet of high cloud called cirrostratus. Convection at high altitudes can produce another high based genus called cirrocumulus, a pattern of small cloud tufts that contain droplets of supercooled water.

cirrus fire-rainbow-3Cirrus clouds form on other planets, including MarsJupiterSaturnUranus, and possibly Neptune. They have even been seen on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. Some of these extraterrestrial cirrus clouds are composed of ammonia or methane ice rather than water ice. The term cirrus is also used for certain interstellar clouds composed of sub-micrometer sized dust grains.

In short, I think cirrus clouds can be serious because I think I know the energetic bugger orbiting through and creating them… Obviously they can condense any gas if they can condense and FREEZE antifreeze, such as ammonia, methane, water, etc. They suck the entropy right out of it…


Copyright 2012 Stewart D. Simonson All Rights Reserved

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