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It's a bird... it's a plane... it's a... 'Stratocane'?

It's a bird... it's a plane... it's a... 'Stratocane'?

While the Gulf of Mexico and other warm water locations deal with the annual problems of hurricanes in the summer, up here in the chilly north Pacific region, we get something else: "Stratocanes".

Actually, that is not an official term, but one penned by weather forecaster Bruce Albrecht, who gave it the tongue-in-cheek name for an area of low stratus clouds that get caught in a weak area of low pressure that gives it a spinning look on a visible satellite akin to a hurricane.

This one was noticed earlier this month:

But it's actually just fog, although previous research has shown that these systems can have rotating "drizzle" bands -- the horror!

So if you're out in a ship and get caught in one of these, expect to get... slightly damp.