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CINDY DAY: Did you see the most photographed cloud of the year?

Hello Cindy. Here are 2 pictures of an amazing skyline we were fortunate to enjoy in Brookside on Friday evening October 2nd.  It seemed like a new system moving in but the weather didn't change very much.  Just wondering? - Bev Crouse
Hello Cindy. Here are 2 pictures of an amazing skyline we were fortunate to enjoy in Brookside on Friday evening October 2nd. It seemed like a new system moving in but the weather didn't change very much. Just wondering? - Bev Crouse

It was quite something, and not many of you missed it!  I'm always telling you to look up, and judging by the reaction to an unusual cloud bank, you have been.   

This sharp line in the sky was drawn just over two weeks ago, on Friday, Oct. 2. The next day, the photos started to roll in. I can honestly say that I have never seen so many photographs of one cloud formation submitted by so many of you from across the region. 

My mom said to send these to you; you may be able to tell me what kind of clouds I saw last night in Carroll's Corner. Thank you! - Lori Crews
My mom said to send these to you; you may be able to tell me what kind of clouds I saw last night in Carroll's Corner. Thank you! - Lori Crews

 

Beautiful dramatic sunset at Fox Harbour, N.S. Friday, Oct 2/2020. - Mary MacDonald
Beautiful dramatic sunset at Fox Harbour, N.S. Friday, Oct 2/2020. - Mary MacDonald

 

What many of you saw was the backside of a frontal trough that was backing in from the east; that explains why it was observed in the northeastern sky. Weather fronts mark the boundaries of air masses of different properties, which don't easily mix. Behind a cold frontal line, the air is usually drier, the sky is often clear and temperatures are cooler.  

I isolated this map from my video forecast on October 1st.  You can see the offshore frontal boundary and the edge of the cloud stretching inland. - Contributed
I isolated this map from my video forecast on October 1st. You can see the offshore frontal boundary and the edge of the cloud stretching inland. - Contributed

 


Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network

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