Hubby was a flyer in the Navy.  He knows clouds, wind, and anything about the sky.  Actually, he can look at the sky and understand the weather, far better than our TV weather forecasters / meteorologists.  It’s what he had to learn before flying jets.

Our evening sky watchings are delightful.  He can point out any cloud, and all too often if I ask a question, he begins an explanation that’s sometimes more than I actually want to know.

Like the other night, when we saw this cloud:

And he told me how to look for the bottom of the cloud, which is often gray, and see if it continues downward.  This one certainly did.

“But, what if the bottom rises and decides to bite the top?”

“What on earth are you talking about?”

“Look for yourself.”

“You have a point there.  Never seen that happen before.”

“So what does it mean?”

”Don’t know. But I do know there’s a storm coming.”

“Nope.  The dark cloud grew.  Ate the big white cloud.  Now the sunset is peeking through.  No rain.”

“At least we can still enjoy the beautiful clouds.  And we can keep hoping for rain.”


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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46 Responses to Thunderclouds-101

  1. Ritu says:

    I love clouds!

  2. Darlene says:

    Clouds are just amazing.

  3. Clouds are endlessly fascinating!

  4. beth says:

    how lucky that he has this knowledge base, and I love both your observations. clouds are so cool

  5. srbottch says:

    Clouds and bird sounds, two things I wish I could identify easily. Have you seen the ISS pass over your house?

    • Jennie says:

      I do too, Steve. No, I have not seen the ISS. Sunsets are still late, so we’re indoors by dark. I will definitely put this on my radar. Stay cool, my friend.

  6. beetleypete says:

    He’s a handy man to have nearby! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. Don Ostertag says:

    Once there were very low clouds when we jumped from the plane. The jumpmaster had talked the pilot into flying above them so we could experience something unique.
    I actually went through one. I could feel the mist on my face. Whenever I hear Joni Mitchell sing, ‘I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now’, I think of that moment.

  8. Clouds are like snowflakes,… two are alike and made of the same stuff!

  9. quiall says:

    I love to look at the clouds. When I do, I see stories…

  10. Yup. clouds do matter and can say a lot.

  11. petespringerauthor says:

    Your husband ( a great guy) sounds a lot like my dad. He loved to explain scientific things in great detail. He never taught though he worked with graduate students from our local university on wildlife projects.

    • Jennie says:

      I think of your dad and birds, and how he passed his love of wildlife onto others- much like hubby’s love of the sky. I must disagree with you that your dad never taught, I think he passed on to others far more than a college professor or high school teacher did.🙂 Best to you, Pete.

      • petespringerauthor says:

        Yes, he taught in his way. The scientist in him always wanted to make sure things were factually correct.

        I hope you’re feeling well, my friend.

      • Jennie says:

        And he left quite a legacy in his teaching.

        I felt better today. You will smile at my very short blog post in the morning.

  12. CarolCooks2 says:

    Clouds have always fascinated me and to have your own weatherman, Jennie how cool …x

  13. TanGental says:

    Sometimes more than I want to know… that has echoes here

  14. Dan Antion says:

    “he begins an explanation that’s sometimes more than I actually want to know.” I had to laugh, Jennie. I think my wife would definitely say the same thing.

  15. Great photos, but i honestly love more these sheepy clouds 😉 xx Michael

  16. sandrah says:

    I still remember the days as a child, lying on my back and finding images in the clouds.

    • Jennie says:

      I remember that as a child, too. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy cloud watching in the evening. I wish children watched clouds and found images today.

  17. When I was young, I had a book all about clouds. What there various names were, what they meant, etc. It made clouds “cool” for me even to this day.

  18. I can totally relate to sky-watching, Jennie. I love the drama. I’m sorry you didn’t get rain, but glad you enjoyed the show. 🙂

  19. Clouds make me feel like cozying up with a good book. We get them here a lot with thunder and lightning but this year again, not enough rain. Your hubby is very knowledgeable in his field. That’s no small task. Loved the photos and video.

  20. bosssybabe says:

    The “What on earth are you talking about?” is hilarious to me lol maybe I interpreted differently but I can hear my husband moaning that all day long LOL great captures! That’s an awesome skill he has there! I’m always curious what it takes meteorologists to do what they do!

  21. Carla says:

    I love looking at the clouds, ever since I was little and looked for animals and shapes. We also need rain very badly and wish all the rain predicted really came instead of going around us. It makes perfect sense that pilots would need to know about weather, something I never thought about.

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