The past three days the atmospheric conditions have encouraged condensation trails, the splotchy full kind that dissipate into buttermilk sky and stay around all day. Bob and I had a long discussion about clouds. Bob knows clouds intimately, having flown over them, through them and around the more formidable of them for 38 years. His vocabulary includes terms like lenticular, fair-weather cumulus, altostratus and the totally non-scientific "thunderbumpus." He knows which winds make which shapes and which clouds are airplane-friendly and which should be avoided. Personally, I prefer to watch clouds, though walking through a low cloud on a mountainside is pretty spectacular.
What a way to wind out the new year--with my head in the clouds!