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Fluffy Clouds

Explorer A
clouds.jpg clouds2.jpgI love clouds. I believe this love affair may have started during my soccer playing days. Before the start of a game, my Teammates and I would lay on field on look up at the clouds. We would find castles, dragons, and foreign lands in the clouds. My favorite clouds are the big white fluffy clouds. (cumulonimbus to be specific) These are the best clouds to see shapes, animals, faces and other things. In my time at Southwest Airlines, I have learned that while these clouds are fun to look at, they are not so fun to fly through. So next time you are flying through a big white fluffy cloud sit back, look for things in the clouds, and know that the flight will be smoother once you make it to the other side of the cloud. What is the most unique shape you have seen in a cloud?
Aviator C
Hollee, Did you know that there is an English group called the Cloud Appreciation Society? Their web site ( has photos of unusual shapes. By the way, your post reminds me of an old Peanuts cartoon: Lucy Van Pelt: Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud's formations. What do you think you see, Linus? Linus Van Pelt: Well, those clouds to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Carribbean. [points up] Linus Van Pelt: That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there [points] gives me the impression of the Stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side. Lucy Van Pelt: Uh huh. That's very good. What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown? Charlie Brown: Well... I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsie but I changed my mind.
Explorer C
Hollee, no big deal, but the pictures you show are cumulus clouds (ordinary lumpy frontal/summer-time clouds), not cumulonimbus (thunderstorms).
Explorer A
I like the clouds that look like cotton candy.
Frequent Flyer B
I LUV taking pictures of clouds from the airplane, which I do quite often. I also LUV thunderstorm clouds, & when I see some good ones, I take pictures of those!
Frequent Flyer B
I forgot to add this, but once I had a picture taken of the clouds on a plane for a Weathersnap on one of our local news stations! :) "All right, all right, just get out your books and study." "I don't get it, Practically everyone gets to sing some songs but us. Why can't we?" "Well, maybe because we stink!" "Then why are we here?" "Because we have to be, right Warren?" "Warren Gander. No one ever heard him sing a note, much less say a word."
Explorer C
i LUV cloud watching and I can't recall anything most unusual but just yesterday on my way into work I did see a clown 🙂 Happy day all!!
Explorer B
I can't think of the last time I watched the clouds. Though it is a restful occupation. These days I tend to look for rainbows though. One time I saw a full circle rainbow around the sun! It's about the coolest rainbow I've ever seen. Your story reminds me of a brief vacation on the east coast skiing. Out east they get most of their snow from snow machines, so the areas under the lifts are not really very snowy most of the time. One vacation my brother and I were picking out shapes in the melting snow each time we went up the lift.
Explorer C
we agree with the new policy of group A boarding before the families. It was a long time coming.
Adventurer A
I couldn't find a thread that best fits the following but I looked under "Flying" and found this one to be somewhat in the ballpark. There is another great reason to feel at ease on a Southwest flight while it is in air. If for whatever reason there is a medical emergency, the flight attendants are already trained in basic first aid and CPR and have access to a service that can give them mid-air medical advice. While they couldn't save the passenger on Oct 8's flight 1937, knowing that they could gives me comfort.