It’s one of the most beautiful sunrise views I’ve seen in a long time. Our KOIN Tower camera was just above the Portland fog on Friday January 18, 2013.
Areas in the fog–had lots of things coated in frost, like these Portland area spider webs. The tiny water droplets in fog land on something frozen and slowly but surely the amount of frost on that object grows over time.
Up above the Friday fog, there was a different kind of ice show. These lines in the sky are Contrails. They’re ice clouds left behind by jets. Why are there some many and how come they seem to go on ‘forever’? Humidity was quite high at that layer of the atmosphere. That lets these clouds live on and on.
It was just before my 5:00pm weathercast when I spotted these strange looking clouds on our KOIN Tower camera. They formed ‘downwind’ from Mt. Adams. They’re Lenticular clouds and they have a bunch of nicknames like ‘pancake clouds’ and ‘ufo clouds’ and either one of those seem to fit in this case. What we may not realize is that just like there are waves in the ocean, there are waves in the air. And at the crest of these air waves, sometimes Lenticular clouds will form. They appear to stand still but in reality they are forming and re-forming over and over and that makes it seem like they’re standing still.
Thanks again for all your pictures over the years. And if you get any good ones this weekend, be sure to send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great weekend!