Meteorologists are predicting a late July, early August return of a unique pot cloud that formed during the three day Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY. The cloud was carried off by the jet stream after the concert concluded and eventually ended up in the Antarctic.
Initially the pot cloud, which looked like any other cloud, remained completely incognito as it jumped into the jet stream and headed to the Antarctic with its Cumulus and Stratus brethren. It wasn't until Dean Gusterson, an Atmospheric Scientist at the National Weather Service, noticed that this particular cloud "didn't appear to be as motivated to keep up with the pack. The jet stream was having a heck of time trying to get that cloud to move."
When the cloud arrived in the Antarctic it became a mixed phase cloud-a cloud that has a mixture of ice and super cooled water, and in this case, pot. The cloud remained stationary for over 45 years until the effects of global warming melted the ice in the cloud and sent it on it's way.
The pot cloud is predicted to be over the Northern Adirondack region in New York in late July and will continue on a Southern path over the Hudson Valley. "This could be a major event," an excited Garth Wildwind, Chief Meteorologist at Channel 16 in Kingston, NY, explains. "If that cloud meets up with an angry Nimbostratus cloud, and it begins to rain, we are going to get sooooo stoned!"