The Poetry of Clouds

I never cease to be amazed by the utter beauty and the poetic quality of clouds, here in Mallorca. For the last few days and in the run-up to the Full Moon on Sunday, May 6th, we had some spectacular Cumulonimbus clouds. You may have noticed them yourself.

Please allow me to quote an excerpt from a poem by Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), titled I Have the Wisdom of One Condemned…

… I dreamed the earth’s heart is greater
than its map,
more clear than its mirrors
and my gallows.
I was lost in a white cloud that carried me up high
as if I were a hoopoe
and the wind itself my wings.
At dawn, the call of the night guard
woke me from my dream, from my language:
You will live another death,
so revise your last will,
the hour of execution is postponed again …

The photo was taken near Costitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 1st, 2012. The time was 13:58:17.

Post script: My friend John spurred me to remind you of the very exerting Cloud Appreciation Society. There you will find everything you always wanted to know about clouds, and more, including a cloud appreciation manifesto, photos, music and poetry. Thank you, John.

The Poetry of Clouds

Hail and Thunder

On the weather front, let me tell you that I witnessed some beautiful cloud formations and a rather splendid sunset last night. Shortly after taking the above photo near Inca, I was surprised by a brief hail storm near Campanet with dark clouds on the horizon, accompanied by some thunderous rumblings in the distance. The mountains behind Inca on the way up from Caimari and over towards Pollença were still snow-capped.

For today, sunny spells are forecast for the first time since the cold winter weather started, when was it, ten days ago? Temperatures are said to increase ever so slightly as of today. The Yellow alert is reduced to some local areas in the south of the island for today and an all clear is envisaged for tomorrow. Snow, if any, will only fall above 500 m today, and subsequently above 700 m, 800 m, 900 m, and 1000 m, as from tomorrow. Siberia seems on the retreat.

The photo was taken near Inca, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 14th, 2012. The time was 17:45:34.

Hail and Thunder

The Weather Man

You may have noticed over time that I have a thing for the weather in Mallorca. I love this island and I am totally smitten with the weather here. More often than not the beauty of our weather patterns is simply amazing.

Take the last few days for example, and the weather we had over the Christmas weekend. Superb. This is why our Mallorcan friends call this type of weather around many a Christmas, El pequeño verano. It was not particularly hot but we had warm sun, gorgeously blue skies, amazingly clear nights with a New Moon first and then a sleek Crescent Moon two days ago. Yesterday, the sky was less blue but instead, we had a beautiful show of amazing cloud formations over the Badia de Palma. These clouds may have been of the Cumulus type, small, lumpy fair-weather clouds. Please don’t hold me to my words though, as I can’t be an expert in everything. Someone out there may know better. In fact, I realize how very little I still know about this amazing island.

The photo was taken in Palma, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: December 28th, 2011. The time was 15:07:53.

The Weather Man

Blowin’ In The Wind

A solar flare might have caused the windy rain conditions over the last day or two, here in Mallorca. Whatever it was, a Yellow alert had been given by AEMet, the Spanish National Meteorological Institute, for Mallorca’s coastal regions with high waves. There was masses of rain and high winds everywhere, and snow was forecast above 1000 metres. Accordingly, temperatures had dropped over the last two days.

For the weekend, temperatures are expected to rise again, the rain will retreat and winds will calm down. Yellow alert is restricted for today only to the Bay of Alcúdia, and no more alert is expected for this weekend. Phew.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 17th, 2011. The time was 19:37:00.

Blowin’ In The Wind

The Morning Fog

I was up bright and early last Sunday to catch a horse and cart to Son Negre from where I set off on foot to the Talayot de Es Rossells. The morning fog that morning was truly amazing, giving the rural Mallorcan landscape a dreamlike quality. The fog marked the beginning of a splendid outing, all courtesy of the Associació de Veïns de Son Negre.

Moltes gràcies.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 6th, 2011. The time was 08:23:37.

The Morning Fog

The Language of Clouds

We have been very lucky lately with the weather, here in Mallorca. Yesterday, a rather pretty formation of Cirrocumulus clouds could be observed in the late afternoon, as seen here over the harbour of Portocolom, in the east of the island. Ah … the alluring language of clouds!

Yes, we had some heavy winds in some parts of Mallorca over the last few days, but the weather alert is now back to normal. Today and tomorrow, some rain is forecast, with the first snow of 2010 being predicted for Wednesday above 1,200 m and for Thursday, above 700 m. The forecast for Friday and Saturday is for snow above 200 m, with temperatures dropping considerably.

The photo was taken in Portocolom, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 3rd, 2010. The time was 16:58:04.

The Language of Clouds

Stratocumulus Clouds

Stratocumulus_cloud

A walk in the countryside can give you the most gratifying encounters, be that the visual beauty of the landscape, the temperaments of the weather, some unexpected wildlife, some unusual botanical display, a majestic rainbow or a dramatic cloud formation.

Over the last few days, such encounters would more likely have been related to the antics of autumnal weather that we have had here, recently. There were hailstorms in Mallorca this week. There was another gota fría. There were heavily gushing winds and there was a sudden drop in temperature by as much as 8° C. Now we are even told that there might be snow today in the higher reaches of the Tramuntana mountain range.

Yes. Mallorca, and indeed most of Spain, has been put on a storm warning of the Level Orange alert category for today and tomorrow. 40 Spanish provinces are predicted to suffer high winds, rain, snow and high coastal waves. 32 provinces are graded as Level Yellow areas (riesgo), whilst 8 provinces share with the Islas Baleares the Level Orange warning (riesgo importante), according to the Spanish weather authorities Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET).

If there really will be snow today in Mallorca, this would be quite early in the year for us. Mind you, the Serra de Tramuntana had snow as early as October 30th, a year ago. The Stratocumulus clouds that I witnessed yesterday certainly looked threatening. Nothing came down from them where I was, though, nothing but cinco gotas. But you never know.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: November 7th, 2009. The time was 16:18:18.

Stratocumulus Clouds