Yachats resident photographer Ken Gagne looked out his hillside window today and was startled to see big muscular clouds right off shore. But they weren’t moving. So he sent me a photo of them and sought an explanation.
Well, here it is from News Lincoln County Meteorological Prognosticator Chris Burns:
This is a fairly common phenomenon when we see fog or low clouds hanging just offshore. Why does it do this? Warm air can hold more moisture than cold air. So, when it’s relatively warm (like it has been) on shore, the atmosphere over the land is not allowing the moisture to precipitate out as fog. The moisture is still there, we just can’t see it. The same scenario happens often in the summer when it’s foggy on the beach but people in the Fred Meyer parking lot are in sunshine.