Clouds do more than spew rain – SLIDE SHOW


Cloud cover/Ryn Gargulinski

Tucson’s cloudy dark skies of late can only mean one thing. The cloud spirits were pretty dang angry.

Cloud spirits, of course, help rule the world, at least according to some Native American beliefs.

As we might suspect, dark, foreboding clouds means the spirits are irate. When they get thoroughly disgusted, they will spew down rain to help purify the Earth and wash away our wrongs. I like to think of them puking.

Seems we’ve had quite a litany of wrongs lately.

The spirits get especially mad if you kill a spider, as superstition says killing a spider will make it rain.

When the cloud spirits are happy, they go play, leaving our skies as a clean, blue palette. If happy clouds do come frittering around, they are light and fluffy, like marshmallows or the stuffing that comes out of ripped-open dog toys.

Thin, wispy clouds mean the spirits are off to isolate, either bored or annoyed with our world. No, we can’t go join them.

Different cloud formations also send different messages to those that bother to gaze at and interpret them. If we pay attention, clouds can even tell us what streets to travel in Tucson, as chaotic cloud formations often mimic the chaos on the streets (see slide show photo 15).

If all this cloud spirit talk is too “woo woo” for you, you can always sit around and discuss the cloud’s Latin names, types, genesis, classification and the scientific reasoning behind the weather.

Just don’t kill a spider while you’re doing it.

Those scientifically inclined may also enjoy an Arizona Cloudscapes presentation that’s on the horizon.

What: Arizona Cloudscapes presentation by Glenn Minuth
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 18
Where: Sierra Vista Campus of Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning, 901 N. Colombo Ave
Register by March 11: Call 520-515-5492 or 800-966-7943 ext. 5492.
How much? $19

In the meantime, take a break and enjoy the cloud slide show. To help you visualize cloud formations, I’ve included eyeballs on the first pic. The rest are up to you. At the very least, clouds are art – and a soothing way to escape daily grind.

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What do you think?

Do you ever bother to gaze at the clouds?

Can cloud spirits direct and guide you?


About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at
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9 Responses to Clouds do more than spew rain – SLIDE SHOW

  1. andrew says:

    I could look at clouds all day, all you can eat. Swirly when is the capt.

    • Rynski says:

      dear swirly when –
      so glad to hear it! i forgot about clouds for the longest, until i was in the midst of a crisis some years back and my friend said – “quiet! just look at the sky.”
      it was a bright pink with dancing clouds. i’ve since become addicted.

  2. azmouse says:

    Gotta love the clouds!
    Beautiful pictures…

    • Rynski says:

      thanks, azmouse!
      (and may the cloud spirits bless you – haha).

      • azmouse says:

        Thanks! I think I’ll be blessed with more rain possibly this afternoon.
        I’ll take the rain whenever we can get it. I often do a rain dance around my pool when it rains…my kids think I’m nuts till I drag em out there with me and then they see how much fun it is! 🙂

      • Rynski says:

        hey – your rain dance worked!
        can you make it stop for a bit while i go walk the dogs – haha.
        while i appreciate dancing around in the cool rain on a hot day, this cold rain is hell like – also the reason i moved from the pacific northwest.
        yes, i’ll agree, we need it – so it’s good in that way. and we’re getting plenty. the rillito river is so swift the dogs can’t even go in it lately!

  3. radmax says:

    Nice pics Rynski…if I’m not mistaken, one of those big, puffy cloud formations certainly does resemble Phoebe… 😉

    • Rynski says:

      oh, no! phobe in the clouds – of course, you have a knack for seeing phoebe in everything, no?
      maybe it’s one of the cloud spirits trying to give you a sign?
      and her barking does sound like annoying thunder…hahaha.
      glad you enjoyed pix. thanks!

  4. yes but what to relly really really long ones mean? happy  campers perhaps?

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