The following is a comment on today's Channel clouds by my TORRO colleague Nigel Bolton:
'This cloud formation is the product of a convergence line that frequently develops across Channel waters during cold northeasterly airflows. As the land is colder than the sea, a land breeze develops, so the wind blows offshore, in this case from both northern France and southern England. Where these winds meet, there is convergence and a line of cloud develops.
A similar effect occurs over SW England in the summer during southwesterly airflows. This time the land is warmer than the sea, so sea breezes develop and a line of cloud stretches northeast across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and sometimes beyond.
This effect was partially responsible for the Boscastle flooding on the 16th August last year.'
--On 23 January 2005 14:37 +0000 Robert Moore <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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