Alberta Foothills Weather

October 31 – Warm Halloween

It took most of the week to get clear of the chilly fog, but the weekend has been a treat, nice and warm for the little goblins running around tonight. Not that we see them out here 🙂
Nothing very thrilling to see around these parts weather wise this week, we went for a bit of a mountain wave hunt this morning but it all came apart before doing anything interesting, so we wound up strolling along the Red Deer River watching waves of a different but similar sort.
Looking like a good wave setup for tomorrow with a nice Idaho high/lee trough forming up any minute now.
Forecast looks sweet for the week, I hope it holds. Still got some things to do outside.

Warm fall day on the Red Deer River - Oct.31, 2010
Spooky haloween algae nebula - Oct.31, 2010Smilin Jack , October 2010Lee trough and river rock standing waves - Oct.31, 2010

6 Responses to “October 31 – Warm Halloween”

  1. 1
    Brandon Says:

    Very cool analogy with the rock and ripples, Pat. I observed a spectacular sunrise over Glennifer Lake yesterday morning. No one around but the geese! I am looking forward to our first good, smooth wave as well. I thought yesterday had potential. Maybe today.

  2. 2
    red Says:

    Good to se you back with your comments on weather. I look forward to them.

  3. 3
    PB Says:

    Hi Brandon, Red 🙂

    Waves all over the place today but nothing spectacular until just before sunset, there was a beautiful stack of ACSL far to the south. Too far.

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    Cindy Kilpatrick Says:

    Very interesting blog! I’m a bit north (Swan Hills), and fascinated by the weather as well. However, apart from a few common cloud names I’m not so up on the vocabulary. So…what’s a wave and why are you waiting for it?
    Cindy

  5. 5
    Pat Boomer Says:

    Hi Cindy, thanks
    Altocumulus standing lenticularis
    Waves, mountain waves, chinook arches, lenticular clouds, are goodies we get from a stout southwesterly flow across the Rockies. Depending on the moisture in the flow, we can get anything from a huge standing wave hundreds of km long(chinook arch) to single little lenticular stacks, or anything in between.
    We get some nice stuff here, but Calgary south is usually the place to be for the big shows.

    November 09:
    http://blog.boomerphoto.com/2009/11/10/november-9-3/
    http://blog.boomerphoto.com/2009/11/16/november-15/

    November 08:
    http://blog.boomerphoto.com/2008/11/27/november-27/

    Wiki:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_wave

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    Cindy Kilpatrick Says:

    You sent me on a wonderful reading quest and I forgot to come back to thank you! I learned a lot and now will be watching for these, with a new vocabulary to describe them.I think they’re pretty rare here on the top of the hill (1200 m.). I have lived in Calgary though and remember the Chinook Arches and believe I’ve seen them rarely this far north as well. Thank you very much for taking the time to show me!

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