A record of the changing Suffolk sky . . . click on a picture to view large . . . best seen full screen.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Storms? What storms?

We've had strong winds and rain and the news is full of floods and power cuts, yet no one's mentioned climate change. Saw a link to a BBC news report on Twitter, where some woman was complaining to the Prime Minister that "not enough has been done...". Doubt it's occurred to her that it'll be a losing battle to stop the flooding, long-term, if nothing is done about global warming. How much energy is she using, without consideration?

Anyhow, this was the view from my window this afternoon, just before a sheet of stratocumulus hid the blue sky. Deceptively calm and peaceful. It won't last.

PS: Forgot my camera the other day. Being driven through the next village, soon after a hail shower, saw storm clouds in the south, with torrential sheets of rain. To the west, clear blue sky. It all changes so quickly.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Stormy day rainbow

Today's news is all about the high winds, tidal surge and coastal flooding. Soon after I took this, it got darker, blew harder, and started to rain.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Pink evening

A brief flash of pastel colour at the end of a grey day, reflected from the sunset. This was the view from my window.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

St Jude's Storm, 28th October 2013

Was woken just before 8am by beeping electrical equipment triggered by a power cut. This was taken through my window. You can just see a faint rainbow. Doesn't look like much, but it was blowing a gale.

The power cut lasted 54 hours.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Bright ball of cloud

Looked across the gardens behind my house and spied this big bright ball of cumulus partly hidden by a sheet of stratocumulus and some cumulus fractus.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Fair weather clouds

A few cumulus fractus below wispy cirrus in a mostly blue sky on a fine day. Should have got my washing done.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Flat-bottomed cloud

This was taken soon after 5pm, as it got cooler, when temperature inversion flattened the bottom of some cumulus mediocris, spreading them out.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Brilliance amid the gloom

After an overcast sort of day, a gap revealed this burst of brightness at about tea-time.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Strange skies

These passed overhead, moving east, with a few rumbles of thunder, at about 10-ish this morning. The first time I've seen mamma clouds in Suffolk.

My Cloud Book says,
They are caused by powerful downdraughts, when pockets of cold, moist air sink rapidly from the upper to the lower parts of the cloud, reversing the usual cloud-forming convection of warm, humid air. Their shapes and forms can vary considerably, from near-spherical pouches to tubular, rippled or merely undulating globules, arranged in cellular formation.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013


Some billowy cumulus clouds below a thin layer of cirrostratus this morning, creating a hazy effect. This was taken through a window, as you can see.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Reflected sunset

Some heavy showers today. An elderly friend who came for tea arrived soaked to the skin and had to borrow some dry trousers.

The sun shone briefly just before sunset, reflected off distant cumulus clouds.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Fine weather at last

It's been a long cold spring, but this sky promises a change in the weather.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Combed cirrus

Looks like someone has run a comb through this cirrus.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Snowy spring

Three days after the spring equinox and almost British Summer Time, yet we've had more snow. Twitter was full of grumbles about the disruption of travel plans and cancelled social activities, but the worst casualties were the young man who died last night after trying to walk home from the pub in the cold, and the farmers who can't get to hungry livestock that haven't been fed for days.

But it looks pretty.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Almost shining

Late afternoon, and the sun tried to shine.

Monday, 18 March 2013


Fooled by morning sunshine and a local weather forecast that didn't predict rain, I hung a lot of washing out to dry. This was the view across the fields from the next village as I drove into town.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Spring sunshine, if not spring weather

It looked deceptively bright and spring-like today, with bright sunshine and lots of cumulus humilis and fractus about.

The edge of a big cumulus cloud seen through a bare ash tree.
Summery little humilis and fractus in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Sunshine and snow showers

Some big cumulonimbus clouds passed overhead, shedding snow, sleet and hail-like lumps. Changeable afternoon. One minute bright sunshine, the next deep gloom.

A friend said that the edge of this cloud at the bottom, the dark bit, looks like a man trying to kiss the telegraph pole.

Friday, 8 March 2013

No shopping today

I was going shopping but I changed my mind, even if I have run out of chocolate. This was the view from my window this afternoon.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Pastel colours at sunset

A little earlier, the sky was rather dull. Sunset brought out some pastel colours.

I've neglected this blog lately, having hunkered down indoors through the cold weather. This was taken through a window. Maybe things will begin to warm up now, though I'm not putting my thermals away just yet.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

On days like this, I feel sorry for the birds

The view from my window this afternoon. There was a very cold wind and the weather forecast said more snow was possible.