Arriving at Borth for a fishing-stint (the turbot
showed for a few days in mid May) I was struck by
these wave-forms in the upper-air clouds. On the
L are some crude Kelvin-Helmholtz waves (the
curved "herringbones", whilst top R is
a formation that reminds me of a coiled serpent
preparing to strike!
Here's another - I had the chest-waders on!
Inland there are some different wave-clouds with
virga trails behind them caused by tiny
ice-crystals falling out and being carried away
on the strong upper winds....
Despite a few turbot being caught locally, a lot
of our fishing was on the tip of the Lleyn
Peninsula, where the mackerel and pollack made a
good early showing. Here's the view from one of
our favoured spots - looking out across the Sound
to Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli - translating into
English as "the island of the strong
currents"). Bardsey is probably derived from
the Norse name for the island. As the tide turned
at Low Water, and the flood kicked in, the rip
past this point was incredible. I tried to
capture the movement on film but to be there is a
quite mesmerising experience!
On the way back one evening the setting sun
illuminates an ancient field-system - who knows
how long ago this last produced its goods!
Convective episodes came and went and were mostly
not that impressive. Here's a modest little storm
trying to get going over the Cambrian Mountains,
with Mynyddgorddu Windfarm, near Talybont, in the
Meanwhile above Machynlleth another attempt at
convection is underway! It produced some nice
cloudscapes but nothing more - a midlevel capping
inversion blocked its progress.....
I had to wait until the last day of the month for
a better show. With instability forecast to be
strong and no serious cap to screw things up,
storms developed rapidly and drifted northwards.
As a series of storms had left the Cardiganshire
coast I planned an intercept down at Uwchymynydd
- nice coast plus spectacular weather (so I
thought!). Here the storms can be seen beginning
to approach Pwllheli....
...but down at Uwchymynydd, they were not
playing! Decayed cells and a bit of virga was all
that was on offer. I turned and headed NE towards
an area of more interesting developments...
This was the view approaching the Rivals on the
Aberdaron-Nefyn road. I headed onwards for a
....made here just inland from Dinas Dinlle. Some
nice structure apparent....
...and even better here! This was worth the
trouble taken. The storm moved out over the Menai
...leaving grey outflow in its wake - see here
looking inland towards the Nantlle hills. Time to
head homewards, so I went via Caernarvon and
Llanberis, and then on up the pass....
...pausing to grab this photo of Crib Goch with
evaporation-fog streaming off its slopes. Heavy
rain soon returned again and the drive through to
Betws-y-Coed, Penmachno, Cwm Prysor and Bala was
marked by gloom and a lot of water! At Bala a
clearance came through...
...giving this nice shot of a lone remnant
cumulonimbus cloud over the hills: Arans in the
background and Llyn Tegid in the foreground. Not
a bad day, then - nothing that severe but some
good structure set in the superb scenery of
It's Noctilucent Cloud time again! This means
late nights on the beach, hoping for clear skies
after sunset. These have been uncommon so far,
and on the nights when it has been clear the
noctilucent clouds have been elusive! But there
is always the compensation of twilight
cloudscapes - I loved the scattered small cumulus
fractus clouds in this view. Twilight on the
beach is a magical time to be there.
So, the noctilucent hunt goes on! It is becoming
as much of a challenge to me as getting images of
a tornado on the ground. But life without
challenges would be a dull one indeed!
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