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The Journal Pioneer
Lately, I’ve been getting so many wonderful photos of clouds.
I’m not sure that the clouds are any more intriguing than usual, but people are noticing them. On May 28th, I published a column called “Curious candy-coloured clouds.” A few days later, I received a beautiful letter from Gillian MacPhee. With Gillian’s permission, I am sharing it you:
“I was reading your column about the beautiful cloud iridescence pictured in the Annapolis Valley and thought you might enjoy my story.
“Our mother passed 13-some years ago but we still miss her and think of her often. She lived a good long life and was a very vibrant, colourful grandmother and community member. So it seems fitting there is this cloud formation with her name on it.
“I have come across these rainbow clouds only twice in my lifetime. The first time was just after my youngest daughter's first baby was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta. As I sat on her deck I was so amazed by the beauty of this cloud, like cotton candy, that I had to Google for any information. (I should have written to you.) Imagine my pleasure at finding out this was named Iris, our dear mother’s name! I felt she was somehow drawing a connection between this newest member of our family who was to live so far away from the rest of us. Showing me that she knew Macie was here and would always be near her.
“The second time I saw the cloud was more recently. At the beginning of COVID-19 I was to fly home to Nova Scotia from Fort McMurray. My concerned son-in-law was insistent that I not fly at this time but my family back home thought better sooner than later. I must admit I had some concerns as to the wisdom of my choice to fly as my daughter pulled up to the McMurray airport. And there it was, as brilliant if not more so, cloud iridescence, right over the airport: a sure sign to me from mom that everything would be alright.
“So you see, though this fluffy, wispy, colourful cloud may be scientifically explained by droplets and sun proximity, to me it will always be a message from our mom - allowing me to see the beauty and realize mom is still near and all is well.
“…. I enjoy your column and promise to direct any future weather questions your way.
Stay safe, yours truly, Gillian MacPhee”
Thank you so much for sharing that, Gillian.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network