Skywatch Friday - Banff Baillies
In the middle of this unsettlingly warm winter (temperatures of 12 degrees forecast this week) we had a sharp episode of normality last weekend. We were up in Speyside, where snow fell heavily on Saturday, then froze hard overnight. Snow usually comes in from the coast, 15 miles to the north, and this is its harbinger - a Banff Baillie. These towering snow clouds are named after the fishing port of Banff and its baillies, local government officers or aldermen. The officers would have been portly, florid characters, moving ponderously through the streets of Banff.
In my childhood everyone would have known what was meant if someone said that Banff Baillies could be seen in the north. I'm not so sure that would be the case now. I hope the term isn't dying out. It's a lovely thing to have a local name for a particular sort of cloud, and one that has come down through the generations. Do you have a local cloud name in your part of the world?
More skies across the world are at Skywatch Friday.