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.
and then there was another…
…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.
By the time I left for work, the whole sky was covered in a layer of these contrail clouds, looking almost ‘greasy’.
In Salcombe, around an hour later, the sky was also heavy with persisting contrails.
and they kept on coming, every couple of minutes, eventually forming what looked like a grid overhead.
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.