Call for content: your weather pictures

Some WUWT readers may have noticed a feature on the sidebar called “Weather Picture of the Day“. It’s a hobby of mine that I started in the early part of the 21st century. I’ve always been fascinated by the amazing things that nature displays for us in the sky, and this is a way to showcase the best of those visuals.

The site got quite a bit of traffic in the early years, but because there was a lot of manual labor (and bandwidth on a single 1.5 MB/s T1 line) I had to close it down. I briefly reactivated it a couple years ago, but my workload at WUWT precluded a long term commitment to it…plus I was getting burned out. Having been recently refreshed with a sabbatical, and coming up with solution to both the labor and bandwidth problems, I’m ready to take on this fun diversion again.  But I need your help to do it. I need content.

Dr. Roy Spencer routinely posts both weather and astronomy themed photos of merit on his Facebook page, as he is also an aficionado of the beauty of the sky and I’ve used some of his finds and content in the past few weeks. I’ve contributed some of my own, such as this spectacular shot from an aircraft landing at Chicago O’Hare airport during sunset:

Photo by Anthony Watts

I know many readers have some fantastic weather shots of clouds, storms, sunsets/sunrises, aurora, stars with landscape, and many other interesting things from the sky that would brighten our day, so I’m asking that you send them along, no matter how old they are. Stills or videos, if you have them, please send them.

Here’s how to submit content, follow this link:

Thanks in advance!


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D. J. Hawkins
October 5, 2017 1:15 pm

Not to discourage your enthusiasm, but why reinvent the wheel? Someone’s already got a nice site running, you have a link, why not encourage folks here to post their pics there? Maybe they can be tagged somehow as WUWT contributions and there’s a way to filter at the remote host. Have a best pic of the month contest? Just sayin’, you don’t have to do it all yourself. Leverage the work of others.

Janice Moore
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
October 5, 2017 2:23 pm

D. J., If I’m not mistaken, the linked site (in Anthony’s article above) is Anthony’s site. Scroll down a bit and look for a link to “weather gadgets” in the left hand margin. 🙂
GREAT IDEA, Anthony! I have no digital photos to share (all my artistic ones were done with my manual 35mm and I haven’t tried to be an artistic photographer with my phone….. maybe I will! 🙂 ).

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Janice Moore
October 5, 2017 2:39 pm

Well, if that’s the case, color me chagrined for not realizing! So then, to quote Emily Litella, “Never mind.”

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
October 5, 2017 3:12 pm

An easy error (I’m not even 100% certain, either), D.J., don’t be chagrined. And, no, I will not color you red for embarrassment, but rather, true blue, for being such a kind, to-the-rescue WUWT pal last November…
Janice’s Journal
November 21, 2016
Thank You, Lord – so many kindnesses, providences in these past days….
2) my plea for help on WUWT (turn “WUWT the Battle for Science…” into a .pdf) turned out to be unneeded (Anthony posted that thread rather late in the day to ME, around 11AM, PST …. however, thank You for Anthony’s lackadasiacal approach, for my plea elicited kind, “to the rescue,” responses from: D. J. Hawkins ….. How nice to have people care enough to answer! I’m glad for all my deep anguish – “All that work for nothing!???” …..

Grateful for YOU.
There. Now, I hope you feel better. 🙂

Reply to  Janice Moore
October 6, 2017 1:55 am

a was going to submit a flat grey jpg called “a foggy day” but decided against it.

October 5, 2017 1:17 pm

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Lenticular clouds at a recent sunset looking at the Matterhorn, Alps (from meteo France)

Janice Moore
Reply to  vukcevic
October 5, 2017 3:15 pm

Oh, oh, oh….. So beautiful, Vukcevic. Thank you, so much for that heart brightener. Ah.

Reply to  Janice Moore
October 5, 2017 3:28 pm

You are welcome, Ms Moore

October 5, 2017 1:34 pm

One of the loveliest sights I ever saw was from a Boeing 727 on a flight in the late afternoon. It was a full 360 degree double rainbow with the shadow silhouette of the aircraft in the center. The rainbow was in a bank of clouds probably less than 1000 meters away. Very crisp and bright. Didn’t have a camera though.

Reply to  Franke
October 5, 2017 2:27 pm

A 727? That was a year, or 2 ago… 727’s have been flown commercially for ages. There are still a few left, generally flying cargo…

Reply to  SMC
October 6, 2017 12:15 am

A bit more than 40 years ago! A beautiful plane with an uncluttered wing. While at Boeing, I helped build them. Last year I went back to the Everett plant to celebrate their 100th anniversary. I worked there at their 50th.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Franke
October 5, 2017 3:16 pm

No camera, but, I can see it all the same, Franke….. Wow, that was really something! Thank you for sharing.

October 5, 2017 1:36 pm

I live in La Paz, Baja, Mexico where it is sunny every day (except when we have hurricanes), but here is my contribution – not sure which have been Photoshopped:
and this one is good too: Sorry that it’s from Google (images):….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..0.19.3448…0j0i67k1j0i10i24k1j0i24k1.0.1iXPYpZHHRU
I know this is “cheating”…
I did photograph a double rainbow, but I saw someone photographed a triple rainbow about a week ago…

October 5, 2017 1:50 pm

“What could I do when I was very moved by seeing something really beautiful in the environment—an incredibly scenic landscape up and down a rugged coast, a crystal clear starry night up in the mountains or out in the desert, fruit orchards in bloom, a lovely hummingbird in my back yard? I suppose I’d have to tell myself something like: ‘Get a grip—it doesn’t mean anything. It’s just an accident—relax, those feelings will pass.'”

October 5, 2017 1:58 pm

Well, I can understand that : it is not getting any colder, so why not talk about something else?

October 5, 2017 2:12 pm

I have been thinking of sending one of mine since I noticed it so this is timely.

October 5, 2017 2:50 pm

Looks like the picture was taken from an A319 or 320. It’s definitely an Airbus.

October 5, 2017 3:04 pm

One pre-dawn a few years ago I stepped out the back door to feed the dogs and there was a straight vertical line of continuity break from the horizon up. Like a Photoshopper Upstairs had box-selected half the east sky and moved it a pixel off. I had no camera at hand at the time. Just as well; everyone would have cried fake anyway.

Janice Moore
Reply to  drednicolson
October 5, 2017 3:32 pm

Speaking of the (smile) Photoshopper Upstairs:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

Psalm 19:1,2
Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes

(youtube “Hubble and Haydn”)

Reply to  Janice Moore
October 5, 2017 5:38 pm

Beautiful! Thank you!

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
October 5, 2017 6:29 pm

Bitte, Mr. Brozek. 🙂 (and thanks for saying so)

Reply to  drednicolson
October 6, 2017 12:42 am

The only explanation I can think of that could create such an effect would be a band of solar eclipse totality that just missed the earth. On a cloudless sunrise, the pre-sunrise glow is the atmosphere with its dust, smoke or water vapor. An eclipse such as I am suggesting could cause the split screen effect. Just guessing! Nevertheless, a rare, if not strange sight.

October 5, 2017 4:11 pm

“The heavens declare the glory of God”
thanks for the quote ….. … suddenly a shaft of sunlight appeared through clouds, there it was, a true bit of magic (note the date !) my apartment is there ( link )

October 5, 2017 4:27 pm

I need a few multiple exposure pictures of the Arctic (or Antarctic) sun as it crosses the midnight sky that can be used in future articles here in WUWT. They need to be either clear purchased, or “releasable” – (not copywrought limited) so Anthony does not get license issues.

Steve Fraser
Reply to  RACookPE1978
October 5, 2017 4:34 pm

That would be a circle in each case.

Timo Soren
October 5, 2017 5:20 pm

I would love it if someone posted a real self-taken picture of a ‘roll-cloud’. I was 10 years 4 months old when my mom came running inside one Autumn day and yelled to us to all come out and see something she had never seen herself but had heard about. Quickly we all ran outside on a balmy eve and watched this massively long turbulent cloud rolling from SW to NE at about 30 mph. Here is a link to one such event that occurs because of a unique geography that makes them happen frequently in Queensland AU. I would love to see and find out if someone else has ever witnessed this in person!
A link to Queensland:

Reply to  Timo Soren
October 5, 2017 7:07 pm

Yes, I have seen those many, many times. I’m in the Midwest USA. A local weatherman also calls them shelf clouds. They come in ahead of a heavy storm, usually signifying high winds and sometimes ahead of worse things like tornadoes. Very nice shot of one in that photo.

October 5, 2017 6:49 pm

I am in. Saw an interesting rainbow and submitted.

October 5, 2017 7:04 pm

HMMM….. I mostly photograph bugs and birds and flowers, only occasionally do I get weather images. But I do have that fun one from the 1967 storm that hit my little hometown in central Illinois while it was battering Chicago with an unanticipated blizzard. Would you like that one?

October 5, 2017 9:07 pm

It’s a “bright night” here and a full moon to boot. 10:45pm and no stars visible. Enough light to read by with a slight squint. A broken blanket of clouds is moving past the moon and is translucent enough that it looks like the moon is *in front* of the clouds. Tried taking a picture but the bloom of the lunar halo is too much for my camera to correct. The moon gets eaten by a big white blob in every shot. 🙁

October 6, 2017 12:31 am

What you get when Wyman Meinzer the official photographer of Texas teams up with a blind composer and musician. Though this is not all weather stills, it is a wonderful mix of beautiful shots and music packed into less than 5 minutes. So turn up the volume and go full screen and enjoy this audio video treat titled: ‘West Texas’.

October 6, 2017 1:38 pm

Have been waiting for “Weather Picture of the Day” to come-up. Love the photos!

Dave Fair
October 6, 2017 5:28 pm

The most beautiful sight I have ever seen is dawn rising and illuminating the morning fog and the pervasive smoke from gunfire and bombs going off after a night engagement with North Vietnamese Army regulars in the Mekong river delta. Alive!

Dan Davis
October 6, 2017 8:39 pm

Mount Rainier was wearing a “cape” today! I’ve lived here since 1975 and love to take photos of “the Mountain” but this is the first time I’ve seen this!comment image
Lovely October afternoon the Mountain is about 25 miles east of here.

Dan Davis
October 6, 2017 9:12 pm

From another location a bit earlier in the day. This cloud was there for hours today!comment image

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