We won’t receive enough, but the recent spate of rain that has Northern California has done some good. We’ll take anything that relieves the current drought even a little, and if you like to take pictures, the skies have become diversely splendid and splendidly diverse.
Starting with an oddity, this 27 January shot shows an atmospheric phenomenon I’ve never seen before.
Is that a sun pillar?
We’ve had quite a few spectacular cloud formations passing over the Civic Center. Here is a pair of classic “herd of sheep” formations, both taken within a minute of each other. The second one uses the sun’s placement to create a silhouette of City Hall.
And this–well, this represents the typical pile of cloud formations you see when multiple systems collide over the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission HQ has a glass awning over its Redwood Alley entrance. A vertical shot taken through the glass after Friday’s rains.
We have had a few great sunrises as well, but this one contains an unpleasant surprise.
Can’t see it? A closeup:
Sad to say, that is a pillar of smoke; someone’s day began with a house fire. Firefighters put it out quickly, so we have reason to hope that the repairs won’t take too long, and the residents won’t lose their place.
Vonn Scott Bair