Today I saw something I've never seen before. A rain cloud flowed over the bay at lunch time and as it hit the middle a rain ow formed, but it was very low, with hardly a curve and only just above the surface! The image isn't great but you can see a faint rainbow just about the tide line in the middle of the bay!
This is morning the people of Morecambe were treated to an amazing site at around 9am. To the east there was a half halo around the top of the sun, and two Sun dogs at either side!
This fairly rare phenomenon are commonly made by the refraction of light from plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds or, during very cold weather, these ice crystals are called diamond dust, and drift in the air at low levels.
Unfortunately my camera isn't good enough to capture the hills of the Lake District in fine detail, but you can still see the contrast in the sunny hills in the background of this image compared to the clouded foreground hills.
The snow on the tops helps emphasise the hills in the background too!
This was one crazy day in Morecambe. And not just because it was snowing (which is quite rare in these parts).
The snow seen here was extremely heavy though it didn't settle much. But the most striking thing was that about 10 minutes before and afterwards it was bright sunshine! All day we had boughts of bright sunshine followed by fairly heavy snow showers. Crazy!
Looking out one morning I was quite surprised to see what looked like waves in the sky! For as far as the eye could see the sky was covered in these strange wavy clouds stretching from horizon to horizon. They lasted for a good few hours too.
I think they are formed by certain wind characteristics due to the way offshore breezes interact with wind higher up in the atmosphere, which creates "waves" that form rolling clouds like this.