Contrail Clouds

On the 15th July 2013 it was a sunny morning so I took my breakfast coffee up to the garden, where I saw a huge cross in the sky formed by two contrails. I thought this was quite cool so grabbed my camera.

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and then there was another…

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…and within seconds, another. In the other direction I noticed even more criss-crosses of contrails. Instead of dissipating, the contrails remained heavy and quickly spread.

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By the time I left for work, the whole sky was covered in a layer of these contrail clouds, looking almost ‘greasy’.

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In Salcombe, around an hour later, the sky was also heavy with persisting contrails.

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and they kept on coming, every couple of minutes, eventually forming what looked like a grid overhead.

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For someone who cloudwatches this was incredible, my jaw was on the floor. As I tried to catch someone’s eye to share the astoundment with, I realised that no-one else was looking up, or even seemed to notice! I’d never seen anything like it (I have since), and I’ve watched a lot of planes go by. I don’t have a satisfactory answer to what it was/is, so I’ll just share what I saw and keep watching the clouds.

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Look up!

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