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Clouds in Motion: But where is the rain?

Updated on September 17, 2014

Clouds near my cabin in the Ozarks

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With the nation-wide drought continuing this summer, can we not keep watching the clouds?

This was prepared for the SquidWoot (on Squidoo.com) challenge of "Motion" but the subject of drought, clouds and rain can be dead serious. We are hurting where I live, but we are far, far from being the most hard hit. Are you suffering from this long heat wave and drought? I'll try to provide some useful and interesting information for you to consider in this lens.

I am updating this at the end of February 2013, and we've had several good rains and a bit of snow! It has been about right, for us, but we could still use more rain. We keep hoping. ;-)

I took the Intro photo myself, earlier today.

Are you watching the clouds for rain? - Has it helped?

Are you watching the clouds for rain?

Cumulonimbus clouds in Oklahoma - is this what you are looking for to break the heat?

Cumulonimbus clouds in Oklahoma - is this what you are looking for to break the heat?
Cumulonimbus clouds in Oklahoma - is this what you are looking for to break the heat? | Source

Some rain and storm cloud links of interest

The photo above came from the first link below; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The other links provide further information on storm clouds you might find useful and of interest.

Photo of the effects of severe drought

Extreme drought conditions
Extreme drought conditions

Severe Drought

I hope your place doesn't look like this photo - this is extreme drought. Drought is defined as an extended period with weeks, months or years with much less than normal rainfall. Here in nearby Spingfield, MO, the weatherman recently mentioned we are 10 inches behind normal rainfall so far this year. This is serious, but certainly not extreme.

In our little housing area, we are under a 'water usage' alert - restrictions are placed on how much water we can use and when... we don't want the well to run dry. That is for sure! ;-) Are you facing shortages?

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drought; photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

I enjoy watching the clouds in the sky

Marestail clouds foreshadows rain
Marestail clouds foreshadows rain | Source

Weather forecasting - can they really predict when rain will come?

I have the utmost respect for our current weather forecasters. With the current equipment including satellite imagery, they do an amazing job. I got to take a forecasting class as part of my Air Science (AFROTC) program at Iowa State University, many years ago. Ever since, I have been fascinated by the whole process, and enjoy watching what they do.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_forecasting; Photo image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The marestail clouds show moisture at high altitude signalling the later arrival of wet weather. Needless to say, we haven't seem many of these, lately.

Your opportunity to Comment on this lens - I really want to hear from you. Thanks! ;-)

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      These pictures are lovely - it's so therapeutic watching clouds float by.great lens :)

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Love the photos!

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Nice lens with great photos!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Annbulance2000: A few clouds coming in from the west... supposed to have the month's rain in the next two days. Thanks! ;-)

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      Annbulance2000 5 years ago

      Really like the photos. Hope it rains soon.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @TTMall: You are very kind! ;-)

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great resources.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @EMangl: Thanks for the thought, anyway! Yes! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @AlleyCatLane: Sorry about that. I'll take about one inch, gently, thanks! ;-)

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      EMangl 5 years ago

      we has way too much rain this summer in austria - too bad we cannot share it

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      We will be happy to share some rain with you. It's been raining here in Tallahassee almost every day for weeks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This years drought is very serious business with long lasting effects. Its heart breaking to see what so many farmers are going through with crops lost and even having to buy hay that they should have been able to grow themselves. Fargo is on the edge of the drought area but we have gotten some prayers answered with recent rains and cooler weather. I'll do a rain dance for you! Somehow I missed this...must have been in motion when I passed by.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @sheriangell: Thank you, so much! ;-)

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      Praying for rain for you. Squid Angel blessed today.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Wednesday-Elf: Great! We had some rain last night, as well. Just a small amount, but grateful for each drop. ;-)

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I woke up to rain! :) But we still need a lot more. So sad about all the drought losses to farmers this year. BTW, I'm fascinated by weather too, Dr. Bill.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @SteveKaye: We may actually get some tonight. Maybe you are more successful than you think! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Snowsprite: Sad, isn't it! Appears we may actually get some tonight. Hope you get some sunshine! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Modzed: Thank you! ;-)

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I wish I could make it rain.

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      Fay 5 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Where is the rain? That's easy. We have it all! The UK has had the total of one week of sun and several months of rain this year. You need rain and we really need sun.

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      Modzed 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love it! :)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @leonasharon: We have gotten a couple of showers, broke the heat a tiny bit. Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      Yes Florida is getting all the rain. I admit,we can have an off day here

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @linfcor: Be happy! ;-) If you can figure a way, send some back this way! ;-) Thanks!

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      We are currently living through the hottest and driest year on record -- pretty extreme. Here in the Northeast, things could certainly be worse, but there are plenty of stories about farmers suffering. Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda F Correa 5 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      We are getting all the rain in Florida every day !

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @pheonix76: I appreciate your visit and comment! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @pawpaw911: Haven't seen any yet... ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @PhotographicStu: Thank you... it has gotten much traffic... ;-)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Where is the rain indeed. We need it bad.

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      PhotographicStu 5 years ago

      What a lovely lens, packed with good information, Thank You!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @JoshK47: Thanks... I'm overwhelmed by the response! ;-)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite a wonderful lens here - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @jimbarnes lm: Thank you... every little should help... or not! ;-)

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lense, and i will pray with you for rain