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These white pines are on a point of land in the southwest basin of Singleton Lake. The soil conditions are marginal at best to support trees. The island is mainly rock - marble to be more precise. I really like white pines. They soar above the rest of the trees that comprise the forest canopy and provide safe nesting sites for osprey and eagles and certainly a host of other wild life. We need more white pines and I have planted a lot of them on our Singleton Lake property.
The cirrus clouds were foretelling the approaching winter storm and an abrupt change in the weather. I had to get in as much paddling as I could before the cold front and real winter weather arrived. The accompanying radar image shows the precipitation fro the evening of the following day. The warm front had moved across Singleton Lake with snow changing to rain. The associated cold front was crossing eastern Lake Superior at the same time on its way to Singleton Lake. Winter was fast approaching.
A closer look at the meteorology of the situation reveals that the rotation painted into the cirrus was a vorticity minimum. This means that the cold of the associated deformation zone was further to t he north which in turn implies that Singleton Lake would not get anything but virga for quite a while. When precipitation did finally arrive it would be in the form of rain. This is what happened and it was all foretold in the clouds. The graphics below that I constructed for COMET explains how the sense of rotation of the cloud patterns can reveal exactly what portion of the conveyor belt conceptual model is poised to cross your forecast region. The warm front is a katabatic downstream from the col in the deformation zone. This means that the warm air is descending above the frontal surface and precipitation must therefore be minimal.
This painting was inspired by #1713 "December Morn". I liked the composition and colours of the smaller painting so much that I felt it deserved a larger format. I wanted to keep the rhythm and vitality of the painting in motion. I was working hard on the painting and wondering what if anything I should do next. The song that came on from my two week I Tunes library was Tom Cochrane's "The Secret is to Know When to Stop". Hmmm.
May 9th, 2016
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