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Fallstreak Clouds Poke Decorative Holes Over the Southern Skies

Fallstreak Clouds Poke Decorative Holes Over the Southern Skies

Rain transforms into snow when the temperatures drop below freezing, right? Not necessarily. Supercooling raindrops is really what’s poking these cookie-cutter holes in the clouds over the southeastern United States.

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Mika McKinnon

January 1st

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Proof that the sky is both a magical being and a terrifying force of nature

My favorite parts of Mike Olbinski’s Monsoon II isn’t the terrifying bits where the sky turns evil dark monster and decides to pour lightning and strike water down onto the ground but when it dances around like a balletic being and then notices that we’re watching and moves its clouds so it envelopes us all. What a world to look up to.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

October 6th

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This wet microburst is like the sky turning on a giant faucet

According to the greatest Internet resource, a wet microburst is a “small-scaled downburst” that is “accompanied by significant precipitation”. I think that’s underselling it a bit because man, this wet microburst that popped off in Tucson, Arizona basically looks like the sky decided to drop all of its rain at one damn time, like a faucet turning on and never shutting off until it smashes everything underneath.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

August 13th

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Watching Patagonia’s sky fill up with clouds is so beautifully ominous

This whole timelapse video, Patagonia 8K by Timestorm Films, is totally worth watching in its entirety just to see the landscapes of southern Chile and Argentina but I especially enjoy the clip right above where the scattered clouds dance and merge together to form a dense layer that completely blocks out the sky. You know it’s coming down, after that.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

August 3rd

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Watching Patagonia’s sky fill up with clouds is so beautifully ominous

This whole timelapse video, Patagonia 8K by Timestorm Films, is totally worth watching in its entirety just to see the landscapes of southern Chile and Argentina but I especially enjoy the clip right above where the scattered clouds dance and merge together to form a dense layer that completely blocks out the sky. You know it’s coming down, after that.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

August 3rd

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How This Artist Uses a Climate-Controlled Room to Make Indoor Clouds

It starts like a fog machine, deploying its vaporous mist into the air—until the cloud it emits holds its exquisite shape and silently hovers mid-room for hours. This is the drama and allure of Nimbus, the physics-defying work of Dutch sculptor Berndnaut Smilde.

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Alissa Walker

May 15th

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13 Years of Cloud-Watching Makes a Beautiful Visual of the Earth

This beautiful map shows an average of all of the available cloud observations from the Aqua satellite. The shades of blue represent the cloudiness of our planet.

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Attila Nagy

May 8th

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This San Francisco sunset makes it look like the apocalypse is here

Welcome to our post-apocalyptic world. You can find the last remaining civilization in San Francisco. Or something like that. It's startling how much this simple time lapse of a San Francisco sunset makes it look like nuclear bombs have gone off and destroyed everything we know. But nope, just a normal sunset in the bay.

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Casey Chan

April 3rd

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Behold The Beauty Of A Spring Equinox Sunset Over Alaska

This is either a shot of six people marveling at yesterday's spring equinox sunset on an unseasonably warm-ish (42 degrees) evening in Anchorage, Alaska ... or lost album art for an LP of AM radio jams, circa 1973.

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Cheryl Eddy

March 22nd

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Watch different layers of clouds move in completely different directions

This is cool. A time lapse, aptly named Highway in the Sky by the guy who filmed it, shows how different layers of clouds in the same sky can actually move in completely different directions. It's like seeing clouds respect different flows of traffic. It's like seeing multiple skies in one. It's like staring at a computer program in the sky.

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Casey Chan

February 14th

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