Rain, rain go away come again another day…
Rain can be such a nuisance! It can easily bring down a boating adventure or any other outdoor event with just a few dark clouds and some droplets of rain. Even if it’s just a sprinkle, it can ruin an entire day, afternoon, or an evening of fun. So how do you know what to look out for in the sky to know if it’ll rain or not? While the weather channel can be extremely beneficial for obvious reasons, it can also be nice to know what to look for in the sky to know whether those dark clouds really mean rain or if they’ll pass over and you can enjoy the remainder of your day.
In today’s blog, we’re going to cover the meaning of the clouds in the big, beautiful Georgia sky. While you may not think boating and clouds have anything in common, they can help you identify whether it’s time to bring your boat into the dock to avoid a storm or you can stay out on the water for some time. If you want to enjoy the last few weeks of summer with boating, then check out Freedom Boat Club. Our boating club will make your life easier because you don’t need to take anything other than yourself, friends, and family members to the boating club. We’ll handle the boats, all you need to do is show up. For more information about our boating club, contact us today.
Identify The Clouds In The Sky
We laid out a few of the clouds you can see in the sky. Knowing the different types of clouds don’t just benefit boating, it’s also great for backpacking, hiking, and doing anything outdoors. No matter what part of the world you may be in, reading the clouds is just as beneficial as reading the stars. Whereas the stars can help navigate you, reading the clouds will ensure that you stay safe. You’ll know what to expect from the weather, even if you don’t have your Smartphone to fill you in, access to the internet, or a television to look up the weather. Stay prepared whenever you do something outdoorsy by knowing these cloud different types.
One of the more popular clouds you might see in the sky. These puffy clouds have defined edges, a flatter base, and are shaped like cotton balls. These clouds are usually fair weather clouds and will raise midday into the atmosphere to pile on top of each other. If you notice these clouds piling on top of one another, then that can be a sign a storm is brewing. If you’d like to dig more into cumulus clouds, then there are actually four different distinctive species.
The next cloud means ringlet or curling lock of hair in Latin. Cirrus clouds are atmospheric clouds, so they are high in the sky and look like curls. They are wispy, thin, and streaky. Cirrus clouds mean that the weather should be fair, but it can be a bit windy. For the most part, cirrus clouds are a good sign. A fun fact about them is that these clouds also form on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Mars.
Our third cloud type is the stratus cloud. Stratus means layer, so these low hanging clouds are actually a little gray and flat. These featureless clouds tend to be hazy and horizontal. Stratus clouds actually mean there will be a little drizzle, nothing super extreme, but you should be prepared for a gentle rain.
The lesser known Scud clouds actually come in more irregular shapes. These clouds are undefined bases with ragged and wispy outline. They are generally broken off from larger cloud formations. They will dissipate pretty quickly and are found out on the outskirts of a storm front, so if you notice these, then be a little wary of the weather.
Another type of cloud you might see out while boating is the Cirrostratus clouds. Cirrostratus means ringlet. It gives the look of hazy sunshine and is generally on the darker side. They are actually darker than cirrus clouds and hold a lot of moisture. These warmer clouds will form a series of clouds that will spread through the sky. If the clouds begin to spread, then you should be aware that rain will arrive in 12 to 24 hours. A fun fact about these clouds is that many horror movie directors will use them to provide a more eerie vibe in the film.
Our last type of cloud is similar to the cumulus cloud. They are puffy at the tip, but flat at the bottom; however, they are larger and taller than the cumulus cloud. If you see these clouds, then it’s going to rain. The cumulonimbus clouds will develop from cumulus clouds and indicate that a storm is stewing. They will resemble anvils and foreshadow that a storm is headed your way. Cumulonimbus clouds come in many different forms and can vary on the amount of rain that falls.
Are you ready to enjoy the last few weeks of summer with boating? Remember to stay on top of those clouds to avoid getting caught in some rain or a storm! If you’d like to become a member at our boating club, then fill out the form below.