When Your Only Tool is a Hammer Every Problem Looks Like a Nail

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Take a moment to examine Cirrus cloud in the picture above.  Look at it closely.  Note the striations.  Note how wispy, flat and spread out this cloud is.  Also note how high it is.  Now ask yourself a question.  What process would you envision to describe the origin of such clouds.  Does your process describe the striations?  Does it describe the wispiness, the flatness?

Wikipedia makes the following statements about the origins of Cirrus clouds:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cirrus_cloud

It forms when water vapor undergoes deposition at altitude

It also forms from the outflow of tropical cyclones or the anvils of cumulonimbus cloud.

Since cirrus clouds arrive in advance of the frontal system or tropical cyclone, it indicates that weather conditions may soon deteriorate.

Do these statements in any way match up with what you envisioned above?  I envisioned a great big tubular structure of spinning air bounded by vortex plasma, the jet stream, and/or one of its tributaries.  Being comprised of spinning droplets of H2O, It would be invisible as long as windshear kept the H2O droplets/clusters spinning within the plasma (and the spinning releases the H2O droplets pent-up surface tension, the source of its structural integrity).   But as it would sweat, spinning of little droplets. And as these spinning droplets stopped spinning they would become visible.  The result of such a giant, invisible tube would be the patterns seen in Cirrus clouds. Cirrus clouds, therefore, are the only visible evidence we have of the jet stream and/or one of its tributaries.  And it turns out that this understanding is confirmed by airline pilots that use Cirrus as visible evidence of the clear air turbulence associated with the margins of the jet stream.

Conventional theorists, on the other hand, have only one tool.  And that is convection.  As indicated above, they, therefore decscribe the origins of Cirrus the same way the describe the origins of any and all clouds: when your only tool is a hammer . . .

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