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Mackerel Sky

 
 
chai2
 
Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2016 08:39 pm
It seems I've known what this is all my life. I just used it in conversation and Wally had never heard it. We looked up pictures so I could show him, and he immediately said "That's a buttermilk sky!"

Ok, I buy that, it looks like curdles. In my mind though, a buttermilk sky had been huge fluffy clouds, like biscuits.

I'm wondering if it's a region thing, as I grew up near the ocean.

So what do you call this image below?

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/73/3b/e0/733be0fb0d5da22f118544a6b285d45f.jpg
http://mindthegapless.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/3877831940_7e90bc9183_z.jpg
 
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2016 08:44 pm
@chai2,
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150716-nine-rare-and-beautiful-clouds

Quote:
"Mackerel sky and mares' tails make tall ships carry low sails." So goes an old mariners' rhyme, referring to skies of rippled cirrocumulus clouds that resemble the striped scale pattern of a mackerel.



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I'm a cloud nerd. I call them cirrocumulus clouds.
Maybe it's from growing up in a community of sailors?
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contrex
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2016 01:14 am
In England, it is usually informally called it a mackerel sky.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2016 02:39 am

holy mackerel!
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2016 02:49 am
I knew an artist who was quite taken by the term, he had pictures of fish in the sky all over his studio
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2016 10:41 pm
chai2
 
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Reply Sun 11 Sep, 2016 11:39 am
@edgarblythe,
Thanks edgar. I've heard Of that song, but never actual heard it.

Old Mackerel Sky just wouldn't sound right. Smile
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ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Sun 11 Sep, 2016 01:24 pm
I remember Hoagy and that song - but now, I, a poet and don't know it (old saying) think: Mackerel Sky, Buttermilk Pie.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 11 Sep, 2016 01:35 pm
Actually, there are even two kind of Mackerel skies

http://i63.tinypic.com/3499nbq.jpghttp://i64.tinypic.com/fjjite.jpg
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 26 Sep, 2016 03:45 pm

the view from the pike this afternoon...

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14440995_10209718303901954_6957488031643162141_n.jpg?oh=db3313d0b501362049d4d4c386b02731&oe=5882D334
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Mon 26 Sep, 2016 04:28 pm
We Krauts say "cotton wood clouds" to that, or "fleecy clouds" -
Schäfchenwolken in German.
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ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Mon 26 Sep, 2016 04:40 pm
@Region Philbis,
Did you take that? very nice, either way.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Mon 26 Sep, 2016 05:35 pm
@ossobucotemp,

yup, thanx...
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TomTomBinks
 
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Reply Mon 26 Sep, 2016 08:04 pm
@chai2,
I just saw a mackerel sky today but didn't know what to call it. Very beautiful.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2016 05:42 pm

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15055718_10210138873015919_4675159917171863041_n.jpg?oh=ceb380fc71bb5350a390692fffdc1bc9&oe=58D14192
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 10 Nov, 2016 09:52 pm
@Region Philbis,
Nice picture.

I saw some the day before yesterday, at sunset.

They were all orange and white, like a creamsicle.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2016 08:30 pm
@chai2,

my cousin-in-law took this one today...

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15085634_1622234071136121_4744110664120473278_n.jpg?oh=213acce34d7c5a2e00f4c98c80878ddc&oe=5889442E
chai2
 
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Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2016 08:56 pm
@Region Philbis,
That's a good' un
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