Wednesday, February 15, 2012


It didn't take long for Miami to return to its habitual "hot" weather. Today is actually hot! The thermometer is supposed to climb to the 80's and may be we'll have a mini "cold" front on Sunday to drop the reading to the "great" 50's. It's more like it, and I like it.

But look what was in the sky this morning: a jet trail! Do you know what it's called? Contrail, short for condensation trail. Jets flying in high altitude leave white trails, called contrails, in their wakes. The simple reason is purely physical, the same as we see our breath on a cold day... like a few days ago in Miami, which, mercifully is not too often. The hot and humid exhaust jet engines mixes with the low pressure and cold high altitude atmosphere condenses and freezes to form a cloud exactly like what you see in the photo below. But... wait a minute...

What about chemtrails? That's an abbreviation for chemical trails. In 1996, a "chemtrail conspiracy" theory was started and it held that some trails left by aircraft are actually chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for purposes undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by government officials. The accusers said that the US Air Force was the culprit, "spraying the US population with mysterious substances" from aircraft "generating unusual contrail patterns." Behind this was a pipe dream of mastering the weather to gain advantage in a war. Yeah rite! I think that's bunk! You can't ever, ever control the weather. Dream on! As it is the case with conspiracy theories, there was a song composed for this phenomenon. It was called "Chemtrails" by Beck. "Chemtrails" was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 on May 19, 2008. It was available to download on June 22, 2008, and a day later in the United States in his album called Modern Guilt. The lyrics are typical and it says "I can't believe/What we've seen outside/You and me/Watching the jets go by..." This song is not that good so I won't bother to let you hear it here.

What I see beyond this contrail is the two mango trees. A Zill in the foreground and a Haden in the background. I am salivating just looking at the flowers on the Haden and can't wait until June... The Zill looks like it needs some cheering to push out more blooms... Go Zill!

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