Birth of A Rainbow May 5, 2011 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/ Birth of A Rainbow May 5, 2011 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 5:15PM Bands of showers streak down on the horizon looking northwest from the causeway. Note the isolated clusters of shower curtains. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014348 125014348 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 5:35PM A Cloud mass headed east towards Buzzards Bay https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014450 125014450 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 5:41PM Well defined bands of showers north of the causeway East Fairhaven https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014456 125014456 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 5:53PM Well defined bands of showers north of the causeway East Fairhaven https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014460 125014460 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 5:54pm Constant bands of light showers formed over East Fairhaven moving from west to east. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014463 125014463 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 5:58pm Constant bands of showers formed over East Fairhaven moving from west to east. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014466 125014466 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 6:12pm If this was mid hot and humid July this towering cumulus cloud punching into the upper atmosphere would have meant a hefty thunderstorm was brewing. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014474 125014474 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 6:17PM Another band of showers heads out into Buzzards Bay https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014480 125014480 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 6:29PM Vessels south of the causeway point to the west northwest wind direction. For a brief moment the wind shifted into the southwest and 18 knot gusts knocked over my skywarn bike. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014483 125014483 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:06PM The sun peers through as it gets lower in the sky and pockets of showers linger. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014770 125014770 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:07PM The sun peers through as it gets lower in the sky and pockets of showers linger. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014771 125014771 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:09PM The sun peers through as it gets lower in the sky and pockets of showers linger. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014776 125014776 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:11PM Showers move in from the distance creating a foggy horizon, The sun continues to glare through the shower and thus a rainbow is about to be born! https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014779 125014779 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:12PM The setting sun was at the right angle as the haze of showers moved in a few hundred yards on the horizon. As I turned my back to the sun I saw a brilliant double rainbow born over West Island. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014783 125014783 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:13PM A double rainbow arcs over West Island https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014785 125014785 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:13:30PM "TOTO II" GMC Skywarn Mountain bike with full gear on the scene. This is the heaviest of the five bikes of this model for the weather station. I get an occasional snicker from passing Escalades., but also get a lot of "thumbs-up" and beeping horns. If they only knew, you can't beat the rush of adrenalin pumping these rigs and then arrive on a weather event like this! These bikes run year round in all kinds of weather and can ride though 6 inches of snow. The motor is a vintage 1957 weather spotter with steel-toe loggers...me. (I have to stay in reasonable shape to climb the weather tower safely) https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014786 125014786 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:16PM The rainbow event has ended leaving a spectacular sunset https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014793 125014793 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:18PM Stormy clouds pushed onward to the east into Buzzards Bay. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014798 125014798 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:19PM Nice weather ahead for tomorrow. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014799 125014799 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:20PM Despite the active cloud formation there wasn't any evidence of thunderstorms, very likely because of the lack of heat and the time of year. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014802 125014802 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:21PM Instability remained as the weakening clouds moved eastward https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014803 125014803 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:21PM The aftermath of a spectacular rainbow at West Island. The unstable atmosphere and just the right amount of clouds results in sunsets like this. The northwesterly breeze was blowing steady at about 12 knots. The sun set at 7:44PM this evening, May 5th, 2011. Tonight: Partly cloudy this evening...Then clearing. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph this evening. Friday Sunny Hi: 69� Not as cool with highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014813 125014813 Unstable Atmosphere May 5, 2011 7:24PM .Low pres over northern Maine will lift into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence by Fri. Another wave of low pres will approach from the W Sat with yet another wave expected to pass south of the waters late sun. Hi pres will build in from the W Mon continuing into mid week. Good Night from West Island. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125014814 125014814