What do “Frankfurters and Submarines” have in common?

The answer to the question is:  Cumulus . . .  Let me explain.

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One evening last week, I was grilling some shrimp and fresh vegetables on the south side of the house, opposite the great panoramic view I have of the West, North and East skies that host the most magnificent cloud play.  I was a little antsy and eager to finish cooking my dinner so I might watch the heavens for possible cloudspotting surprises.

Here’s what I discovered:

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7:15 PM

A monolithic Frankfurter in the sky!

What I secretly wished was on my plate, as I’ve recently sworn off all red meat:
hot dogs, hamburgers – the whole kit ‘n kaboodle.

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7:15 PM

Here’s a close-up view.

Boy, this one looks yummy!  I can even see dashes of the mustard
and relish overflowing the bun.  Damn!

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That’s a Cumulus lenticularis formation –
something to remember next time you visit the hotdog stand.

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Peering lower to the horizon, I sensed that the heavens might be cooking up
another surprise  . . .

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7:15 PM

I am learning that very busy Stratocumulus activity during the sunset
hours often results in some wild figures.

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By the way, that “Hot Dog in the Sky” was gobbled up in less than two minutes.
(Most Cumulous clouds have a lifespan of less than 5 minutes.)

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Get ready, here it comes  . . .

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7:20 PM

Yes!  A gargantuan “Submarine” riding the “blue waters” overhead  . . .

I couldn’t help but sing:
“We all live in a yellow submarine  . . .  A yellow submarine …
A yellow submarine …”

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This one falls under the Cumulus humilis designation, in case you wondered.

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But wait!  . . .  It looks like the sub has “stalled”  . . .

I’ll bet there’s trouble in the bridge!

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7:21 PM  (one minute later)

Oh oh!  . . .

It appears that the “inner and outer hulls” are exploding  . . .

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I don’t know about you, but the cat and I are rushing back into the house  . . .

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7:24 PM  (four minutes after its appearance)

“Red Alert!  . . .  Red Alert!  . . .”

“This baby’s going down  . . .  Abandon ship!”

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Whew!  Safe and sound inside after battening down the hatches, I’m just pleased as punch to savor my seafood and vegetables – glad after all that I gave up those hot dogs.

Happy cloudspotting!

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Images captured:   08.10.2010   |   Woodstock, NY

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