Today was the first cold day of the season, and the refreshing crispness of the air came with a stunning cirrus display high above Cape Cod. We were lucky to be right at the edge of a multi-state cloud band, where dense altostratus and cirrostratus clouds poured down a river of jet stream air.
Iridescent cirrus atop the deep convection of one of Cyclone Biparjoy’s outer bands. What do you picture when you think of a tropical cyclone? Perhaps palm trees barely holding onto the ground amid roaring winds and dumping rain, or else maybe the buzzsaw-like cloud formation visible from satellite?
This spring, I traveled to India for five weeks to work on monsoon research with scientists at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and at the International Center for Theoretical Sciences.
The storm cell above Little Sippewissett Marsh. A dramatic downdraft sits under the anvil. This evening a line of thunderstorms crossed the Cape, ending a sunny spring afternoon with the perfect dessert.
There are countless ways in which a day can become a “good day”. Today was a good day because I saw a very long cloud.
The Long Cloud from Manomet Point around 5:45 pm.
As part of my participation in the Fall 2022 research cruise for the S-MODE field campaign, I was given the opportunity to write a blog post about my experience at sea.