Thursday, March 05, 2009

Sky Watch Friday #22: Mackerel Sky


"Mackerel Sky?"
Raleigh, NC - November 2008 (Click to embiggen)

Sky Watch Friday

When I was young I heard my uncle (a US Navy weather officer) call this a "mackerel sky". I never made the connection between the ribbed clouds and a fish myself, so I just chalked it up to a "Navy Thing" and forgot about it. Until I see the same kind of formation, and then I wonder all over again. If any of our Sky watching brethren knows where this term came from how about filling me in?Violence Unsilenced
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42 comments:

Asha said...

It does look like fish scales! New way too look at the sky!! :)

Wonderful clear sky today after all the gloomy cloudy sky for the past 2 days.

Guy D said...

Now that I my kind of sky, love it!!!

Have a great weekend!
Guy
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bobbie said...

I'm familiar with the term, and it does look like a mackeral to me. Makes a nice picture anyway.

Ishtar said...

I agree with Bobby! My grandfather was a sea captain and after he retired, he'd go out fishing maker ell for lunch. They are really one of the most beautifully coloured fish I know, and their pattern is very similar to the above. It even has the touch of silver, which makes the mackerels shine.

Tarolino said...

I must agree with the above. having seen mackerel when we used to fish during my years in England this sky does resemble the patterns of that fish. A very beautiful sky it is too.

Kathleen said...

Such a beautiful sky!

Carol said...

Great photo...pretty sky with little touches of blue peeking thru...

SandyCarlson said...

I never much appreciated the comparison...until a Skywatcher posted some images of a mackeral's belly. The coloration was so like this sky. I think it might have been our friend Tom Wigley who did the educating.

Photo Cache said...

I learned another term; great mackerel sky btw.

Daryl said...

Holy Mackerel .. what a sky!

Tricia said...

I like what Daryl said, Holy Mackerel - What a sky!!! hehehe

Lene said...

Those clouds are very beautiful :) Great captured.

Artist Unplugged said...

Beautiful sky!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like the undulations in the sky, Mojo. As to what makes it a mackerel sky...well, I dunno. I'm still working on how to SPELL mackerel. LOL

mamie said...

Mojo, I am a HUGE skywatcher and this is one of the finest I've seen. I love the contrast with the black of the buildings and the bare trees.

Pagan Sphinx said...

That type of ribbing sometimes happens in fine, wet sand as well. I used to look at those ribbed formations in the sand as a little kid and always thought of fish.

Great photo, as always.

VALKYRIEN said...

I am familiar with the mackerel skies, and I believe the name comes from the likeness with the pattern on the mackerels skin.

Great shot!

VALKYRIEN said...

I am familiar with the mackerel skies, and I believe the name comes from the likeness with the pattern on the mackerels skin.

Great shot!

kcinnova said...

Somewhere in the recesses of my mind swims this term, but I had never put scales and sky together.
Wonderful imagery!

Tink *~*~* said...

Mojo! It's been a busy week, and I feel like I haven't "seen" you in a long time. I would agree with the theory that the clouds have arranged themselves in the pattern of a fish's scales. I do admit, however, that I've never seen a whole mackerel. The extent of my exposure to mackerel consists of opening a can of it that has pictures of cats on the label.

Happy Friday!

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Rose said...

Very beautiful!

Rose said...

p.s. I didn't know they were called mackerel skies till I started doing sky watch.

Mimi Lenox said...

I never heard that expression. I will look at the sky differently now.
Interesting.

Arija said...

Maybe because it looks like a school of Mackerel shimmering under the surface of the water.

Salty said...

Pretty skies, nice choice for Sky Watch!

Bradley Myers said...

Good skywatch photo, well done.

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George Townboy said...

Great shot!

Today's Blah... said...

Wow, i've never seen such skies before. Now I know if I see the same, I'd know it's mackerel sky. Thanks for the info.

Jan said...

Great capture. I didn't know, either, but it looks as if Sandy did.

PJ said...

Holy mackerel! What a beautiful sky. I think it's means that it has a mother-of-pearl-fish scale kind of a look. It's a great catch (pun intended). Happy SWF!

Sunshine4Life said...

it's a wow but i think it's scary too. thanks for sharing. :)

happy sky watch and happy week-end!

i played too this week here - http://www.midlifedancing.com/2009/03/sky-watch-42.html

Arlene

Indrani said...

I have not heard of this term, but buttermilk skies, yes. Lovely shot!

magiceye said...

gorgeous

Shadow said...

very well named, looks kinda cold...

Babooshka said...

I have learnt so much about skies and cloud formations just through skywatch. Last year I was clueless, this year I'm like oh yes beautiful rendition of a Mackerel sky.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Beautiful sky no matter what you call it. I can see the connection though.

Janie said...

I never heard the term, but it does make sense.
Great catch of a fishy looking sky!

Greensboro Daily said...

So much texture in those clouds!

Eaton Bennett said...

That is a wonderful sky capture. Amazing cloud formation and colors. It does look like a filleted piece of fish. :)

Dee said...

It's my first time to hear that - a Mackerel sky. But now that you've mentioned it, yes, it sort of resembles a fish. Beautiful sky! Unique!

Fotos da Lurdes said...

Great photo!
Beautiful sky W.F.
Have a nice weekend!