post Copley Cloudspotting

May 14th, 2008

Filed under: Earth — newseditor @ 8:51 am


Cloudspotting is probably one of the most popular sports in these parts – it goes with the territory out here where the elements steal the show. Send us your pics of the amazing Flinders skies to add to the online gallery of Copley Skies.

For the enthusiasts, check out the wonderful site of the Cloud Appreciation Society.


  1. Clouds are an endless source of fascination to me. I have flown through them, & I have driven through them on the way home in the wee small hours of the morning after listening to two jets going round & round trying to land. The first one did, the second one had to divert to Mildura.

    Comment by Rose — May 14, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  2. There is a great book on cloudspotting by Gavin Pretor Pinney – The Cloudspotters Guide…amazing story about a pilot that ejected from a jet only to land on the top of a cumulonimbus, spend close to an hour in the core of it and incredibly to survive to tell the story. Hopefully we will see some of these clouds in the near future!

    Comment by nigel — May 14, 2008 @ 11:18 am

  3. Beautiful pictures in the gallery AM! Just a small correction to the caption on one though, the one that says Chem trails. They are actually called Contrails, & are formed when hot humid air from jet exhaust mixes with environmental air of low vapor pressure and low temperature.

    Comment by Rose — May 14, 2008 @ 11:57 am

  4. Got to get a hold of that book!
    BeAm Me Up,
    I couLd haNdLe ThaT….

    Comment by KicKinG BiRd — May 14, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  5. try googling chemtrails…very interesting stuff. I put one in the newsletter…remember?

    Comment by di — May 14, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

  6. wow…those photos are amazing.

    Comment by di — May 14, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

  7. …and there are some more photos by gina and di on the site.

    Comment by newseditor — May 15, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  8. We have had some wonderful clouds the last few days…with a little rain in them….not much I’m afraid though. Reminds me of the Blue Mountains when the snow comes in, those fluffy, misty and dark ones. I believe it has been a long time since snow has been reported on Mt Remarkable and Mt Helen. Excellent!!!

    Comment by di — May 18, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

  9. amazing skies today! more pics in the gallery…

    Comment by newseditor — May 22, 2008 @ 10:40 pm

  10. I went cloudspotting with a difference this afternoon, flew out to Balcanoona & was in cloud most of the way. And guess who forgot to take her camera? 🙁

    Comment by Rose — June 10, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

  11. how fabulous! I’d love to fly that east-west line. I love flying! one day I’ll have my own plane but until then if you ever find that someone has a spare seat can you pleeeeease nominate me! have there ever been hot air balloons up this way? phenomenal skies this week and by the look of the satellite maps more on the way.

    Comment by newseditor — June 10, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

  12. No hot air balloons that I know of, certainly not in the 25 years I’ve lived in the area. I like to see them but you would never get me up in one – I like something a little more solid! I am actually afraid of heights but flying doesn’t worry me. I can quite happily look down at the ground no problems at all. It was really cool today because I got to take & use my own headset for the very first time!

    Comment by Rose — June 10, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

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