Ambergris Caye: This rolled in this afternoon

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This cloud formation suddenly arose from the east, over downtown San Pedro this afternoon, Tuesday Aug. 30, 2016.
This cloud formation suddenly arose from the east, over downtown San Pedro this afternoon, Tuesday Aug. 30, 2016. There was a crazy splurge of color at the top of this cloud, reds, yellows and ambers, spurting out like lava from the top of the cone. Sadly, it didn’t show up in this picture…..

Today started out like many another day recently — no breeze and hot, hot, hot.

I know, because I was riding around on my bicycle this afternoon, searching for empty 100-pound flour and rice sacks to use as sandbags. Just a little post-Hurricane Earl recovery project at the Cloisters, where we live. Thank you, Island City. You came through!

I was drenched. And thirsty.

What better time to stop at the newly opened Island Tackle Bar and Grill for a refreshing beer before pedaling home. Island Tackle is the former Tacklebox, an over the water bar of some stature that had been closed down for two years. It was set for a grand opening, the day Earl landed its sucker punch.

It is open now and my longtime pal Rudy was behind the bar,

As I sat on the deck looking out to the reef, a remarkably chilly breeze swept in from behind me. I turned around and saw this.

A cold front pushing over Ambergris Caye from the west? Wow, was this an unusual cloud formation for here!
A cold front pushing over Ambergris Caye from the west? Wow, was this an unusual cloud formation for here!

The chilly wind and the massing cloud formation kept on coming. So ominous, yet so beautiful. It reminded me of the scenes in “Independence Day” when the alien ships would suddenly drop down out of a thick roiling mass of cloud cover.

But that didn’t happen.

Here is a sequence of the cloud as it moved up from south San Pedro town and eventually skittered across the reef and out to sea.

There was the rumble of thunder here and there and a tiny sprinkling of rain. Nothing to match the fierce appearance of this cloud!

In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
Eventually the formation began to fall apart as the clouds pushed east, out to sea. In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.
Eventually the formation began to fall apart as the clouds pushed east, out to sea. In San Pedro Town, Belize on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 around 4 p.m.. looking west.

Here’s what the weather looked like a couple of hours earlier, down on Boca del Rio, in front of the Sandbar Inn.

Looking toward Chuck & Robbie's Dive Shop, on Boca del Rio.
Looking toward Chuck & Robbie’s Dive Shop, on Boca del Rio.
Pier just to the right is the rebuild of the famous Palapa Bar, slowly arising from its devastating destructioin.
Pier just to the right is the rebuild of the famous Palapa Bar, slowly arising from its devastating destruction.
The Lady Leslie sits at anchor, nor far from where her dock used to be.
The Lady Leslie sits at anchor, not far from where her dock used to be.
The roseate spoonbills are back! They are feeding just north of the bridge on Ambergris Caye.... certainly more delicately beautiful than this photo might suggest.
The roseate spoonbills are back! They are feeding just north of the bridge on Ambergris Caye…. certainly more delicately beautiful than this photo might suggest.
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4 thoughts on “Ambergris Caye: This rolled in this afternoon

    Deborah Dyer said:
    August 31, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Living on the coast of Lake Erie we are often at the intersection of tropical gulf air and a cool Canadian front. I believe your photo depicts a Wall Cloud.
    Visitors to Cleveland comment on our fabulous cloud formations and glorious sunsets.

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      August 31, 2016 at 5:28 am

      Thank you, Deborah! The cloud certainly was pushing cooler air into San Pedro.

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    Marcia Sheuid said:
    August 31, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Amazing photo.

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    Lynn Monaco said:
    August 31, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    The strangest looking cloud I’ve ever seen!!

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