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above the clouds pictures - how to

Postby avaske » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:03 pm

I've seen a lot of cool photos of people hiking on peaks with a floor of clouds below them and blue sky above. I think that would be pretty cool to see. My question is whether anybody knows of any strategies to encounter this, either through looking at temperature, weather patterns, etc. Maybe it is just luck but figured I'd check. Thanks

Re: above the clouds pictures - how to

Postby traderaaron » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:09 pm

I encountered this twice last summer in the Sangres and the Wet Mountain Valley and out onto the plains is a good place for this to take place. After a rain or higher humidity period in the summer the cooler, moist air settles down into the valleys overnight and forms those low thick clouds while the peaks above are in the sun, as the day heats the clouds lower burn off, probably by around 8-9 in the morning. Higher humidity but cool enough night air causes those valley clouds.

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Re: above the clouds pictures - how to

Postby Presto » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:13 pm

Go climbing in the pacific northwest ... it happens in the Cascades all the time. :wink: :D
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Re: above the clouds pictures - how to

Postby coloradokevin » Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:06 pm

Presto wrote:Go climbing in the pacific northwest ... it happens in the Cascades all the time. :wink: :D



I agree completely!

I had some real neat above-the-clouds shots from Mt Rainier and Mt St Helens.

You are looking for low (to possibly low mid-level) stratiform cloud layers, which are very common in that area of the country. I'd post my pictures, but they were taken back before digital photography was common, and I haven't scanned them into an electronic format yet (maybe this thread will motivate me to do so).

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Postby jimlup » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:13 pm

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Re: above the clouds pictures - how to

Postby metalmountain » Fri May 21, 2010 10:12 am

I grew up in the Sangres (Wet Mountain Valley) and this used happen fairly often when I lived up there. I remember waking and driving to school and being above the clouds when I left my house and dropping down into them on the way to town, and my house was only at about 8600 feet.
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Re: above the clouds pictures - how to

Postby Slow Moving Fun Seeker » Fri May 21, 2010 11:44 am

Happens in the Arkansas Valley too:

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The hump in the center is the radio towers on Princeton from September 2008.

The Sangres from the Princeton trail:

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Re: above the clouds pictures - how to

Postby Scott P » Fri May 21, 2010 5:38 pm

Salt Lake and all the other surrounding cities in winter are like that a lot of the time. It's not nice at all to be down in the nasty inversion (which unfortunately also has pollution), but it is nice to look down on.

The city is below and in the clouds:

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Since it happens often, it is probably the easiest place in the lower 48 to see it. It also happens in places like the San Luis Valley, Grand Valley (Grand Junction), Moab, Pavant Valley, etc. but not as often. As mentioned, sometimes the Pacific Northwest sees it as well.
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