By: Blonde Two

On the Isle of Man we Blondes discovered that a budding cloud spotter doesn’t really have to try too hard to find what she is looking for.  The Isle of Man clouds have a will of their own and are quite capable of coming to find you if they feel like it.

Take the day we climbed up to the summit of Snaefell (snow mountain).  The views were fantastic and we could see the all seven of the kingdoms that the mountain is famed for (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man, heaven and the sea) but it was the clouds that mesmerised me.  They moved so quickly that their presence didn’t spoil the views, but enhanced them as peaks disappeared and emerged and banks of clouds swept up the valleys.  Dartmoor is famed for its changeable weather but in a cloud race, Dartmoor’s skies would be left behind their nimble Isle of Man counterparts.DSC_1833The next day, the clouds were obviously a bit tired after all of their racing around because they weren’t moving at all.  There was an amazing temperature inversion over Douglas.  Where there had been sea, there was cloud, it was quite difficult to spot which was which.  While we walked in sunshine, the coast below was swallowed up in unmoving cloud. It was quite eery.Temperature InversionAs we drove back to Ramsey along the mountain road, we spotted the most bizarre of cloud formations.  The clouds just off the coast at Ramsey had formed what looked like a giant wave.  It was most impressive and must have been an important occasion because it made the papers later in the week.Cloud Bank Ramsey