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Cloudy thinking

September 8, 2009

What do we have against clouds?  By ‘we’, I don’t mean SolarUK of course.  Anyone familiar with our products knows that the LaZer2 solar collector will work on cloudy days as well as brilliantly sunny ones.  So long as the sun is still somewhere in the sky (which it should be for another 5 billion years at least) it will heat the water in the vacuum tubes which then circulates through the system and heats the boiler.   The client under the roof in question will be happy.  And if the client’s happy, that’s us happy too, and we won’t hold any grudges against our fluffy friends in the sky. 

No, it’s the public at large who, given the choice, would like a permanent clear blue sky over its collective head.

Popular sayings such as ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ reinforce the prejudice.  Similarly, company employees – though not, let us point out, at SolarUK – gather in meeting rooms to indulge in some ‘clear skies thinking’, their sharp executive minds unsullied by nebulosity.

But take a break from your daily preoccupations and look up at the sky.  Recent weeks in particular has seen some very pleasing cloud formations in the stratosphere of SolarUK’s home county.  On one early evening the your skygazing blogger admired the fluffy children’s picture white cumuli, while in the other direction the eye was drawn by puffier, expansive patches of stratocumulus with flat, grey bases.  Higher up were hints of wispy cirrus, and to the west light translucid clouds, partially shielded by those of a darker hue, veiled the sun’s descent.

It’s like looking at an animated version of an Old Master landscape painting.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jemma J permalink
    September 18, 2009 3:25 pm

    Having given up waiting for the (over-optimistic) predicted summer heatwave, I am now content to enjoy the sights & smells of the “season of mists & mellow fruitfulness” and will certainly take advantage of all the lovely fruit to be found in our local hedgerows. Who needs continuous clear skies… as long as the boiler continues to work all will be well.

  2. Rachel Cafferkey permalink
    September 20, 2009 11:50 am

    In light of your comments about clouds and their negative press, perhaps we should return to the childhood passtime of spotting clouds that look like famous faces, maps of countries etc. A competition for ‘cloud of the month’ could be a lot of harmless fun.

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