Sunday, July 16, 2006

Clouds



With the return of the rains have come the clouds, the billowing cumulus towers so characteristic of the New Orleans summer sky when it's always just poured or is about to pour, and the light is white hot, and the air is thick as a sauna. I remember, as a kid visiting my grandparents here in the summer, I was always struck by those skies that said clearly, this is a tropical place, and everything around, to the horizon and beyond, is all water and heat.

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  1. Anonymous1:21 PM

    I love this about New Orleans. I keep saying that I'm going to learn the names of the cloud formations. My knowledge begins and ends with the word cumulus. Would you mind doing a brief instructional blog, Slimbolala? Also, do you (or anyone) know anything about the 2 sounds that come after lightening? There's thunder, but when it is very very close (as it has been the past two days in a row) it seems like there is a distinct crackle sound before the thunder.

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