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Mare’s Tail in the Morning

How can ice look so fluffy?

Mare’s Tail Cloud Formation in southeast Louisiana, June 1, 2021
Mare’s Tail Cloud Photo by the Author

How many thousands of times have I seen the so-called mare’s tail? And yet it never fails to create a sense of wonder.

They look to me as if they might be soft as feathers — something you might fluff in a pillowcase for a magical nap. Although I’ve known almost all my life they’re really made of tiny shards of ice.

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