At least in the West, we can to some degree tell the seasons by the clouds playing in the sky. Summer brings those great puffy cumulus clouds that resemble cotton balls. Winter brings lenticular clouds. These are stationary lens shaped clouds – think flying saucers. They form when moist winds flow over mountain ranges and drop down the other side, then up and down the next slope. At the top of the waves of wind, the air condenses to form a cloud. Despite the strong winds below, the cloud remains relatively stationary. I watched this lenticular cloud all day and it didn’t budge from its spot.
Which means I got to photograph it a second time from a different spot:
And finally right before the sun went down. Here’s it’s finally starting to lose its shape.
We rarely see lenticular clouds in the summer around here, just because the type of winds that form them are more prevalent in the winter. Start watching the clouds in your area and see if you can tell the seasons just by the clouds.
What is your favorite type of cloud? I like any that light up during sunrise or sunset!