Clouds and the Moon: a Picture of the Water Cycle

Even outside a biblical world-view, it is statistically impossible to conjure up a set of processes and circumstances by chance that would yield the magnificence of a water-covered planet with a ribbon of atmosphere that is characterized by the life-giving water cycle. This particular sketch is an observation with a low-power binoculars. The view is common, but with a little effort beyond a quick glance, the wonder of this cycle begs attention.

From a biblical-view, God’s response to Job includes the words shown embedded in the sketch. Thus, even God points to the unique aspects of the water cycle (of which clouds are a part) and how the view of moon (also created) is affected by it. God’s reference to Job is an extended reference of the creation that is outlined in Genesis.

The scene as observed and sketched, although not unique, shows interesting detail. There are three layers of clouds. The thin cirrus, headed NE, covered the moon but they were transparent under the nearly-full moonlight, so the moon appeared suspended and in the foreground. The clouds to the left were low broken cumulus that were left over from a front that was clearing the area. They were headed SE but evaporating quickly. The wedge of clouds at the top was the beginning of an alto-stratus layer heading NE. The scene was changing quickly from earlier in the day when we had 100% humidity and light rain. With all of this happening, God’s design of water and its behavior when suspended in the atmosphere enables the moon’s features to be scene clearly. Even 8 power binoculars the major ‘seas’ were clearly observable.

It was a good evening to give thanks.


Binocular View of the Moon and Clouds

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