West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Brian for sending that photo of tonight’s sunset, taken from Fauntleroy. Here’s one we got from Gatewood:
Thank you for sharing these, Brian and WSB. I was inside working and missed it entirely. it never ceases to amaze me at what a heavenly, wonderful, beautiful place we live in…
I was thankful for the photographic evidence too – when Brian sent the first one (and co-publisher Patrick took the second one), I was covering the WS Crime Prevention Council meeting, sitting with my back against the meeting room window (and the ridge just east of there blocks most of the sunset anyway) — TR
Wow! I’m out of town this week, bummed to miss these gorgeous sunsets…
I’m so glad someone was able to grab a shot of these strange, clouds with the bottoms “trailing” . I saw them from downtown and was unfortunately camera-less.
say it isn’t so…I thought maybe your camera had become an appendage, Christopher ;-)
I saw them from California avenue, they looked like jellyfish.
JanS: Ha-ha-ha. No, it only FEELS that way most of the time. If you could see how big and heavy my camera gear is you’d understand what a commitment it is to carry it around.
me: EXACTLY. They did look like jellyfish.
does any-one know what that phenomena is called or what causes it ?
I was on my way home from library when I saw them, and was bummed to not have a camera, but alas WSB comes through again.
Another WSB’er sent us that question directly, knowing that co-publisher Patrick is a bit of an unofficial weather geek (I am too but I don’t know all the terminology he does). His answer at the time was:
“Those clouds are raining. That’s something you only
see when it’s either very dry or in the desert. Now if those clouds create rain that never touches the ground that is called a vega.”
So glad someone caught these on a camera – I too saw them on my way home to the Eastlake neighborhood. There were 3 saucer like clouds also over Fremont that really looked like either clouds created by UFOs or small disk shaped clouds each with one descending funnel cloud. The clouds over downtown (the ones pictured here) had a similar disk appearance, but there were many descending funnels – more like a jellyfish. I thought it was very odd and was super bummed I didn’t have my camera. Am glad someone else saw them and that WSB has explanation.
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