Time: 0900hrs- 1030hrs
Location: Sabah & Labuan
The popular talk among Sabahans and Labuan folks yesterday was the CLOUD! In fact, people really got into sharing frenzies of the pictures in Facebook and Twitter. In my case, the moment I shared the pictures in my FB page, within minutes and hours they were shared around about hundreds of times over. I was bombared with friend requests, tag requests and people messaged me constantly. While five of the pictures are mine, several of them aren't. Just like everyone else, my sources were from Twitter and Facebook. I do not know who were the original uploaders and all I can say is they aren't mine to claim.
Ok, never mind about that. Just what it was that made my people got frothy on the mouth about these picture of clouds? While in US, arcus cloud is a common occurrence especially in a twister and hurricane attack prone states, you have to understand that Sabah is relatively sheltered from the major typhoons. Hence, it's nickname as The Land Below The Wind. But, at the rate of world's crazy weather is going, the nickname might have to be scrapped off.
What is arcus cloud? According to Wikipedia, an arcus cloud is a low, horizontal cloud formation. Roll clouds and shelf clouds are the two types of arcus clouds. A shelf cloud is usually associated with the leading edge of thunderstorm outflows; roll clouds are usually formed by outflows of cold air from sea breezes or cold fronts in the absence of thunderstorms.
Let's just make it simple without all those scientific jargons eh? Just storm clouds then.
Here are some pictures:
|View from my office window around 09.30am, near Jalan UMS, Kota Kinabalu|