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Ealing under a mackerel sky: Send us your photos

Ealing under a mackerel sky: Send us your photos

May 24, 2017
Mackerel sky over Ealing, photo taken by Mark Isles

These stunning images of Ealing under a fairly rare phenomenon called ‘mackerel sky’, were sent in by Mark Isles who works in the town. It is something renowned in folklore as signifying a change in the weather.

It is given this name because of the clumps and rolls of clouds that resemble mackerel scales. According to Wikipedia, it ‘is a common term for a sky with rows of cirrocumulus oraltocumulus

Mackerel sky over Ealing, photo taken by Mark Isles
Mackerel sky over Ealing, photo taken by Mark Isles

clouds displaying an undulating, rippling pattern similar in appearance to fish scales; this is caused by high altitude atmospheric waves.’

Mackerel sky over Perceval House in Ealing, photo taken by Mark Isles
Mackerel sky over Perceval House in Ealing, photo taken by Mark Isles

It is commonly thought to indicate a change in weather (often expected to be rain) and tends to appear in advance of a warm front coming in.

Do you reach for your camera or your phone camera when you spot something interesting, unusual, or pretty?

If you take any beautiful photos of our borough this summer, please share them with us and the rest of Ealing by emailing them to aroundealing@ealing.gov.uk and we may publish the best ones and the names of the photographers who took the great snaps.