Contrail and Shadow Above Glasgow

August 06, 2006

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Provided by: Jeanette Stafford
Summary authors & editors: Jeanette Stafford; Jim Foster

The above photo of a contrail and its accompanying shadow was taken near Glascow, Scotland on June 6, 2006. On this fine, spring day there was a moderate westerly breeze blowing at ground level but a considerably stronger westerly wind at the altitude of the jet aircfaft was evident. The Sun (to the left) has cast the contrail's shadow onto a layer of cirrus clouds. Note the turbulence along the leeward edge of the contrail.

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