Names of Clouds

During a sojourn in the North Riding of Yorkshire some months ago, I for the first time heard certain forms of clouds designated ‘Barbara and her bairns’, hen scrattins’ or scrahlins,’ and ‘fish-pots.’ Barabara and her bairns were said to be a sign of stormy weather, and were defined as a thick band of clouds across the west with smaller bands (the bairns) above and below. Hen scarttins are light fleecy clouds, whilst fish pots are a kind of tub-shaped isolated clouds.

Bilsdale clouds


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