Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sky Watch


Scudding across the sky, driven by a bitterly cold north wind, the gathering clouds announce that Winter is here, even though the official date for the season is a couple of days away. Don't let those glimpses of blue sky fool you; there was an impending ice storm in those clouds.


Sky Watch was created by Dot and expanded upon by our retired friend Tom. This weekly theme post is brought to you by Klaus, Sandy, Fishing Guy, Ivar, Wren, and Louise. Visit the Sky Watch Friday home page anytime after 7:30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Thursdays to see sky photos from around the world. You'll be glad you did.

47 comments:

Suldog said...

Yep, those clouds most certainly look threatening. We're expecting a foot (or two!) of snow tonight and tomorrow, according to latest estimates. Yikes!

Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

Looks awful cold to me! Let's hope there isn't any ice in those clouds.

Texas Travelers said...

Nice skywatch.

I also love Thomas Kinkade. Thanks for sharing this.

Thanks for the visit,
Troy and Martha

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

This looks cold to mee indeed, Maybe visit my blog and find some warmt:)

Merry CHRISTMAS!! , visit my blog:
www.joannwalraven.blogspot.com

JoAnn/Holland

Gill - That British Woman said...

That is a busy sky, did you take these at the beginning of the week, as we had a nasty storm then as well.

Gill in Canada

Dewdrop said...

Beautiful and cold looking stratocumulus display! Hope you are doing well through all the weather.

Dina said...

Well, you have to admit, Arkansas never has a wishy-washy sky. I remember it as always dramatic, for better or for worse.
Watch out for those ice storms.
Great picture.

George Townboy said...

Great winter sky!

Titania said...

The bits of blue soften the flurry of cold clouds. Great picture. I wish you a happy Christmas.

Tarolino, Finland said...

I would be happy to receive any of that eccess snow please. Getting so tired of these black Christmasses that we seem to be heading for again this year. Lovely photo of a very dramatic sky.

Merry Christmas!

Guy D said...

Great skywatch shot, I added your blog to my followers list so I can be reminded to return often to see more of your great work. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Reader Wil said...

That is an icy sky! I know the feeling. It blows a wind that chills you to the bone. Thank you for the visit.

Moannie said...

These winter skies are so beautiful aren't they? Yet heralding icy storms. I have to laugh when England collapses under two inches: every weather report tells us all it is coming, and yet it always catches us with un-gritted roads.

A Happy Christmas to you and yours, Pat.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

And it looks cold too! But it's still very pretty. ;-)

Photo Cache said...

Looks like rain. Tis cold out here in the SF bay area too :(

imac said...

Such a beautiful busy sky.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Brrrr.... beautiful but yes, they do look a little threatening!!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat- Canada

Rune said...

Nice skywatch :) Great shot!

Leora said...

Love those bits of bright blue poking through the tumultuous clouds. Happy SWF!

archiearchive said...

Brrrrrrr - that is one reason I live in the desert - my old bones don't like the cold. Excellent sky watching :)

Pearl Maple said...

Great photo for Sky Watch Friday with all kinds of things going on with clouds.

Thanks for sharing and thanks for your kind comments on my post earlier.

babooshka said...

Those omnious clouds are stunning.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pat, I am enjoying your blog since my hubby and I visit Arkansas a couple of times a year. We love your state. We are also Episcopalians!!! SO--we have alot in common. Enjoyed your blog. Check mine out when you have a chance.
Betsy

mannanan said...

First time visitor to Arkansas and my do those skies look threatening. A foot of snow in a day? We'd be lucky to get a foot of snow in two / three years.

Sandi McBride said...

There's more beauty in God's heaven than are thought of in your philosophy to paraphrase the Bard....loved this shot.
Sandi

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Mannanan: No... no foot of snow in a day here, or at least not very often. The last big snow we had like that was back in the 80's. We're more likely to get ice here, which is what came last Monday and Tuesday.

Gaelyn said...

Everything about those clouds looks circular.
Our most recent storm is moving your way.
Stay warm.

Sue said...

I love clouds like those! What a beautiful photo! Our sky was similar today, and it made me wonder if the weather people knew what they were talking about when they said freezing rain and snow was expected. They canceled the ice, but we did get some this evening anyway.

Thanks for visiting my blog,
Sue

Sue said...

I forgot to give you this link to a blog I don't follow, but have bookmarked and have checked on from time to time. It's a woman in Fremont who has this blog, which is heavy with family pics. I looked around, and she has some pics of her yard in July.

The snow is usually melted by April, but it has been known to snow then, too. ;o)

http://manesfremontmanor.blogspot.com/

You may have noticed the Nebraska Birding blog in the Skywatch list. That's a great one to see pics of Nebraska.

http://nebraskabirding.blogspot.com/

Ms. Hays said...

Very ominous looking! That ice storm hit here too in SE Mo - I love the layout of those clouds, so very cool looking!!!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

I think they're the same clouds that passed over us the day before! Nice capture

Firefly said...

It is clear that winter has set in over there. Down here in Sunny South Africa summer has set up his deckchair and has settled in.

Marvin said...

Great capture of clouds that are both teasing and threatening.

SkyWatch on Hodgepodgery

angela said...

very dramatic cloudscape. The sky looks threatening...I like the quote on your header...

SandyCarlson said...

The glimpses of blue through a winter sky always make me think summer and think of the transformations that take place in a year. Amazing. God bless.

Jim said...

I think that ice hit all of us this week. Nice SWF.

Rose said...

I actually see puddles of water on the road this morn..it was ice the past two day. But I haven't seen any of that color blue skies in a while....even a peep at them would be nice.

JC said...

Pat, I love the way you have captured the light and the blue of the sky through the gray clouds. Just beautiful. Hope you stay warm and damage free through the storms.

Vic said...

love it! :)

fishing guy said...

Pat: I'm glad you got a little blue coming through to show off your capture.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Great picture. Beautiful cold clouds.

Robin said...

Beautiful shot. I hope you didn't get too much ice out of those clouds.

images of aloha said...

what a great winter sky! merry christmas!

nina said...

Brr! It looks VERY cold!

Dr.John said...

I can see the storm. No! I'm in the storm.

dAwN said...

Great shot....the clouds are beautiful
Happy Holidays

Lilli & Nevada said...

Very nice