Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sketches: El Niños and Other Atmospheric Conditions

Angeles Forest Storm Square Sketch Katherine Kean graphite 8 x 8 inches
Angeles Forest Storm Square Sketch
©2015 Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 8 inches
Conditions are good for more storm cloud artwork. It looks - and feels - like an El Niño year and my favorite weather blog confirms it. El Niño is already here and is expected to be one of the largest, in fact, "a majority of the global atmosphere ocean models are currently suggesting the potential for an event rivaling the strongest event in the historical record." Even though El Niño doesn't guarantee rain, it does draw the probability closer. And even though it won't solve our drought, it can't hurt.

Chain of Craters Clouds Sketch Katherine Kean graphite 8 x 8 inches
Chain of Craters Clouds Sketch
©2015 Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 8 inches
 The sketch above is from Hawaii, along the Chain of Craters Road. Storm clouds are much more dependable there. They also have a different look. I'd say the clouds are taller - loftier - and brighter.

Volcano Fumes at Night Sketch Katherine Kean graphite 6 x 10 inches
Volcano Fumes at Night Sketch
©2015 Katherine Kean
graphite 6 x 10 inches
This last sketch, also from Hawaii, is of the atmospheric conditions over the volcano. It wasn't easily apparent to me whether the clouds were from weather or from the volcanic fumes, or a mix of both.

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2 comments:

Jean Spitzer said...

Beautiful.

Here's hoping for some rain.

Katherine Kean said...

Thank you Jean! Wishing rain to all who need it.