Colourless clouds?

This time it’s cirrus

I saw colours in it too, which one does not see in natural cloud material.

So sayeth Clare, when trying to argue that some cirrus clouds she saw on the 18th of October were, in fact, human-manufactured ‘aerosol material’.

Now, I’m not sure when refraction and iridescence stopped working in Clare’s universe, but the effect of sunlight passing through clouds and creating various colours is well-understood, often observed, and perfectly natural

A google image search reveals dozens of pictures of this phenomenon.

It’s also helpfully pointed out that the clouds in question are, in fact, normally-occurring cirrus. Surely a quick squizz at the satellite picture for that day (also provided to Clare) would certainly suggest that this is the case…

lots and lots of cirrus

Given the length and breadth of the cloud system — stretching from north of Northland, to (at least) the coast off the Wairarapa — you’d think that had this been a human operation, that it would have taken many many planes to have laid down this ‘aerosol material’. Clare saw these clouds in the morning, so, logically, the planes doing the ‘spraying’ must have been operating throughout the early hours of that day (between midnight and 6am) to have achieved that level of coverage.

So, where did these planes come from? Where did they land? Did anyone see or hear them? Can you take-off and land that many planes in NZ airspace at that time of the night and early morning without alerting someone, somewhere that something strange is going on?

Apparently so!

Errrrr, what?

…is, I imagine, the reaction that will be given to Rod Baker’s letter to Nick Smith, reproduced here over at Clare’s.

Because I’ve read through it a couple of times now, and am still not completely au fait with what Mr Baker is getting at. Particularly that last paragraph (with its fantastic non sequitur, that has Nick Smith agreeing with whatever it is that’s been suggested through the mere act of not replying). “Transfer of ions to the solar wind”? “[D]arker clouds [forming] from ionized heavy metals”? WTF?

Could someone with a more scientific bent (or just a bent of any type?) please interpret for us lay-people? Ta.

Coming soon: geoengineered shadows

I can’t for the life of me see why this cloud formation is either “weird” or in any way “geo-engineered”.

If my cloud-recognition abilities are correct (which they may not be — feel free to correct me here), all we’re seeing here is a bit of old-fashioned cumulo-nimbus. Yes? Maybe some cumulo-stratus drifting around there as well?

Can someone enlighten me what the chemtrail-hoaxers are seeing here that I’m not?

UPDATE! Clare has thoughtfully posted a comment with her ‘reasoning’…

Firstly, look at the round indentation in the thin cloud material in the middle of the photo … What caused that circular indentation? According to Weatherwars.Info, Scott Stevens’ website: Holes in the clouds, where holes would not otherwise be, are direct evidence that scalar technology can deliver these negative ionic bursts into storms reducing their ability to make rain or even the ability of a cloud to provide shade on a hot summer afternoon.

What round indentation? How is that Clare is able to things we mere mortals can’t?

Also, in the background on the left-hand side of the photo there are three clouds with distinct FLAT bottoms. This is not natural and another indicator some form of technolgy is being used.

Seriously? Clouds with flat bottoms aren’t natural? Someone needs to correct all those meteorological handbooks! (And no-one show Clare any photos of the aforementioned cumulus clouds, she might, you know, freak out).

Clouds are weird

Don't panic! It's some quite normal mammatus cloud.

There are all sorts of weird-looking clouds. Mammatus is my particular favourite, but you can also get Morning Glory clouds, clouds shaped like waves formed by Kelvin-Helmholz instability and noctilucent clouds, just to name a few. They’re all pretty rare, but they do happen from time to time, and, of course, they’re all quite natural and can be explained using sound scientific principles.

Naturally though, like our friend Liara in Hawaii who craps her pants at the sight of (relatively common, in NZ) lenticular clouds, Clare over at Northland NZ Chemtrails seems to see the presence of a hole-punch cloud as evidence of ‘full-time weather modification’. You’d think if ‘full-time weather modification’ was actually happening and resulted in hole-punch clouds, then we’d see this type of cloud all the time. I await further pictorial evidence of the increased commonality of hole-punch clouds with bated breath. (It goes without saying that attempts to point out to Clare just what type of cloud this was were deleted in short order).

Of course, hole-punch (or fall-streak) clouds are perfectly normal. The wikipedia entry has a nice succinct explanation on their formation…

A fallstreak hole (also: hole punch cloud, punch hole cloud, canal cloud) is a large circular gap that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds. Such holes are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation particles. When a portion of the water does start to freeze it will set off a domino effect, due to the Bergeron process, causing the water vapor around it to freeze and fall to the earth as well. This leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud.

It is believed that a disruption in the stability of the cloud layer, such as that caused by a passing jet, may induce the domino process of evaporation which creates the hole. Such clouds are not unique to one geographic area and have been photographed from the United States to Russia.

Because of their rarity and unusual appearance, fallstreak holes are often mistaken for or attributed to unidentified flying objects.

It’s interesting in this instance that, to an extent, hole-punch clouds can sometimes be triggered by human interfence — passing planes, as mentioned in the wikipedia entry, can set off the process whereby a hole-punch cloud is formed. You can see some good examples of this in the gallery of hole-punch clouds over at the Cloud Appreciation Society — they really are quite spectacular.