Always my pleasure to pass along the CAS Newsletter. I recently became the leader of an Imperial County Cloudspotter group. If you’re into clouds – and I am – in fact at the moment I’m writing this I’m inside a cloud because it’s raining – you should consider joining – and if you’re in Imperial County, join the cloudspotter group too. We don’t always have a lot of clouds around here, so they’re more of a treat!
This Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter included an invitation to join or start local cloudwatching groups. I think we have an unofficial one in Salton City, though it seems to only operate in the winter. We do get thunder clouds to look at in the summer, but it’s really too cosy to go outside to look at them…..
I spent some time in early August hoping we would get rained on, without joy. I was hopeful yesterday too, with a wind coming up from the gulf, but the dessicating desert air all mopped it up and we just got haze.
I watch the nimbus build across the west
a great gray blanket blotting out the sun,
the gathering of storm has just begun –
we need the rain! The cumulus start to crest
off to the south, into great thunderheads.
The tension builds in the electric air.
I bring the lawn chairs in and thus prepare
for wind that might just tear such things to shreds
with its intensity. I know the drill;
stratus accumulate and start to bear down
as if to smother this belittled town –
they’ll rumble, crack and then they’ll start to spill.
The coulds build up as if to promise rain,
but in the afternoon’s heat dissipate again.
Although I love watching the clouds, sometimes the structures that the atmosphere comes up with are just too astonishing for anything. I just love the cloud streets shown in this Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.