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Head in the clouds


One summer, I decided I wanted to learn to identify clouds. My new enthusiasm hit a major roadblock, though --- in our neck of the woods, pillow-like cumulus clouds are by far the most common and I couldn't seem to spot anything else.

Fast forward ahead to this year. I'm not sure whether our current drought has impacted clouds or whether I've just been spending more time peering at the sky. Either way, I've been catching several different types, like the altocumulus clouds above...

Cirrus clouds

...and the streaky cirrus clouds shown here. (Or at least that's what I'm guessing they are based on five minutes of internet research.)

The tufty cloudlets in this post are higher and presumably drier than the cumulus clouds I'm more used to. So maybe they are associated with the drought after all?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Did I tell you about the cloudspotter's guide?
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