A Truly Memorable Rainbow Offers an Encore Performance

When parked in the lot of a favorite supermarket one day last week, typing, as usual, in my car, a man approached my window, gesturing toward the sky.

If not for the thoughtful stranger, I would have missed the most memorable rainbow I have ever witnessed. The full bow stretched high across the sky, every color visible in detail. A bright rosy glow appeared for a time in the center of the arch. I’ve never seen that effect before.

Two days later, as I drove up the lane that leads to lot, at precisely the same time as the rainbow had appeared, I noted that the atmospheric conditions seemed oddly similar to those on that evening when the rainbow filled the sky with wonder.

Sure enough, when I turned my gaze toward the east, there was the base of a rainbow as vivid as the one that was there the other day. What are the chances? I wondered. The spot where the twin phenoenon touched the ground appeared to be identical. Perhaps I should locate the business that sells lottery tickets situated closest to that point.

I didn’t get my camera out in time, but this partial bow was just as vivid as the complete one that appeared at the same location two days previously!

View from the Gas Pump – Storm Clouds Retreat Following a Late Afternoon Weather Event

Glancing up from the gas pump, I was intrigued by the sight of these retreating storm clouds, artistically arranged, just for my enjoyment, or so it seemed.

Always a weather buff, I used to be quite fond of storms, though sometimes today, they scare me. At different life stages, the same prompts trigger varying emotions, depending, I suppose upon how vulnerable we are feeling.

If they aren’t damaging, I’ve always thought thunderstorms quite fascinating.

Sunlight Gilds Thunderbolt Hosta and Peeks Through Drooping Branches of Norway Spruce

Seated on the lawn on a recent muggy afternoon, this view made me think of cypress swamps and Spanish moss.

Perhaps that comparison is a stretch of my imagination, triggered by my wandering mind and the uncomfortable weather. I’ve never been to the south myself, to view such, to me, exotic plants. But the thought was pleasant.

Though the air feels saturated and solid, like it could be sliced with a knife, in the words of a former co-worker, “I’m not complaining about the muggy conditions. My snow shovel is hanging on its hook on the garage wall”. It’s got to be a good day.

Eerie Sky After a Strong Thunderstorm With Damaging Winds

The muggy June 10, 2020 day turned into a scary evening for travelers dodging branches and homeowners worried about wind damage to buildings and trees, and power outages.

Seldom seen mammatocumulus clouds followed the thunderstorm, as a strange yellow-green and then pink glow bathed the landscape as if a color filter had crossed the sun’s face.

I haven’t heard of any tornadoes but the gust front held tremendous power. Perhaps it was a downburst?

Following are a couple more of the many photos I couldn’t resist snapping to record the rare skyscapes of the evening.

picture of mammatocumulus clouds
Sky and trees after the storm

picture of sky after storm
Another unique view of the clouds as they drift apart overhead, framed by tree branches that thankfully survived the wind.

I’m alternately fearful or fascinated by storms. Trees, which I love, suffered significant damage. I had to dodge limbs as I drove home, and many people are still without power 24 hours later.

I was a bit nervous as I took these pictures, as another bank of clouds threatened from the horizon, but I was so in awe of this sight I only see every few years, that I remained outside. Thankfully the cloud bank didn’t turn out to be another set of thunderclouds.

The cooler air the storm left behind made sleeping much more comfortable.

A Dreamy Christmas Day After a Fearsome Eve of Fog

The services of Rudolph were definitely in order the night before this Christmas. Here in northern Ohio, we suffered roughly 36 hours of dense fog, from the evening of December 23 until Christmas morning. My drive home on the 24th was frightening at times, thought I am thankful it wasn’t snowing.

My wish for a green Christmas came when the fog cleared on Christmas morning. The temperature in the afternoon flirted with 60 degrees. It was a lovely day after a short, strange, and not so Christmasy season for me. No disasters, thankfully, it just didn’t really seem like Christmastime until yesterday.

Now I’m ready for the season to begin again, the light shows, cards, thoughts of giving. We can at least do those things for another week, and really, why not anytime? Especially the thoughtful giving to those in need part.

Following are a few photos from my stroll on the lawn after a tasty salmon dinner, before package opening. (We broke with tradition a bit this year, eating the holiday meal, with its new first course, first, before opening presents.

Who would want to remain inside on a day like today? Though I will say, the sun shining in through the windowpanes made my few decorations dazzle, and brightened spirits as well.

Drying apples bask in the golden light of a beautiful Christmas Day in Ohio


Blue bottles catch the slanting rays of sunlight on Christmas, three days past solstice this season.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAContrails from Christmas travelers line the sky over our lawn, from northwest to southeast.

GE DIGITAL CAMERABranches of the ash tree on our front lawn lean in a similar direction.

Though we can learn a lot from the beauty of the rhythms of the changing seasons, I wouldn’t complain if all Christmases were this balmy, not to mention, most of the days of winter.

Leading Edge of the Front

Snapped this cloud at the leading edge of a cold front that moved in last week. We have seen many intersting cloud formations and skyscapes this autumn.

Hoping for the best as the cold season approaches, resolving to take it one day at a time, and appreciate winter’s beauty.

Something Resembling a Rainbow

I need to get out my weather book and look this one up. Not a rainbow, not a sun dog . . . not sure what to call this full spectrum illusion which moved and transformed it’s way across the sky recently.

Caught it on a drive and wanted to share. Does anyone know what it would be officially called?

The Most Superlative Skyscapes of the Past Week

Unsettled weather offers one consolation. Skies filled with a variety of cloud formations.

The above photo features the dramatic close to the day that greeted me on my way home from work several evenings previously. The site where is was taken is one of my favorite spots to see the sun sink to the horizon.

Below are two halves of a perfect rainbow that made my morning one day. Spattering raindrops fell from nearly non existent clouds, as the full spectrum half circle appeared in the western sky. 

Seldom have I seen rainbows to the west of my location. They predominantly seem to appear in the east, behind a storm that’s moved on.

Whatever the cause of these anomalies, they add fascinating factors to our days during this most sensational season of summer.



Ribbons of Sky Above the Water

A visit to the lake shore is always a fresh and ever-changing experience. On the day this picture was taken, weather conditions were evolving, the air above layered like a parfait with rain clouds below, fair weather ones moving in over the top. Thankfully, the precipitation ended, my walk on the beach was a pleasant experience

This shot, snapped later, is a bit brighter.

Retreating Thunderclouds Hopefully Make Way for Pleasant Summer Days Ahead

Cumulonimbus are simultaneously threatening and lovely. Sunset tints these evening stormclouds pink as they retreat after a week of heavy rains.

We’ve had our share of precipitation and occasional heavy storms this spring. Hopefully the upcoming summer holds more balanced weather.