What the Commuter Saw : 5th July 2016

High cirrus ‘mares’ tails’ on Saturday promised rain on Sunday – which duly arrived – then on Monday things were rather more showery but the sunset suggested that Tuesday would be dry. In Colchester the morning brought grey and white stratocumulus which dominated the sky all the way to London. Things were breaking up and brightening up during the run from Stratford to Galleon’s Reach DLR, so the UEL Docklands Campus was bathed in sunshine with scattered cloud. By the journey home from Stratford the sky was looking calm and settled, with large expanses of blue sky and small bands of cumulus fractus or cumulus humilis near the Lone Oak east of Shenfield:
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By Galleywood the bands had thickened slightly over the fields of ripening wheat, but there was no sign of the clouds building up into cumulus congestus or cumulonimbus calvus – with their drenching showers:
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Between Kelvedon and Marks Tey there were hints of stratocumulus development but without any real conviction, and in fact the dusk saw even these bands fade away to leave a clear sky:
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This calm sky is good news because tomorrow is School Sports Day for my Little Helper (we are apparently slightly nervous about this…) after having been postponed because of the torrential rain two weeks ago.

Author: Richard Lindsay

Having worked for 20 years in the UK statutory nature conservation agencies as Peatland Specialist in the Chief Scientist Team, I then moved to the University of East London where I ran the nature conservation degrees for several years. Now I mainly undertake research and support peatland conservation activities, including the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, within UEL's Sustainability Research Institute. I also paint.

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