It comes in the form of a hypnotic animation from the National Center for Atmospheric Research – a global model of atmospheric water vapor moving around the Earth.
Watch as westward-plodding tropical clouds hiccup into the subtropics. From there, raging easterlies whip them into cotton candy to be spun across the oceans. Eventually, pale tendrils will sweep across the continents, turning orange in the model as they rain themselves out.
It’s fascinating to watch the atmosphere as it placidly churns out weather. Especially when a late-fall storm is whipping golden maple leaves, branches and all, into the side of surf.bird.scribble’s Cape Cod beachhead. Rarely has “there’s more where that came from” resonated this way.