Spectacular Cloud Formation in the San Francisco Bay Area, 28 February 2015.


Good Evening:

I would have guessed Idaho (all shots taken with my iPhone 6).


If you had shown me these pictures of the clouds over Oakland and San Francisco this afternoon, and asked me to guess in which state they were taken, I would have guessed Idaho. The Bay Area is home to massive, complex, interacting cloud formations, but the clouds tend to flatness and the colors almost always tend toward softer pastels. Idaho is home to massive, complex, interacting cloud formations, but the clouds themselves tend to cumulus and stratocumulus formations, tall with fluffy white tops and flat grey bottoms.

But we had a sun shower today and the sky looks different when those occur.


It happens. An otherwise bright sky with a flock of bright fluffy clouds sometimes includes one glowering fellow who feels like dumping his grouchiness upon the humans underneath. That’s a light shower streaming almost straight down from the great grey grump.

I took dozens of pictures of the sky from the Fruitvale BART station, including the above pair. Here are some more from a surprisingly decent batch.

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Back in San Francisco, the sun had lowered to about 15 degrees above the western horizon, producing some striking lighting conditions at the intersection of Masonic & Geary.

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After doing my grocery shopping, the sun had set. Those gosh-darned human things called buildings obstructed much of the view, but this one should give an idea of how the entire sky appeared.


A stunning day up there. So stunning I almost forgot what happened down here.

Vonn Scott Bair


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