Relatively layered cloud (stratocumulus) producing various isolated rain showers as can be seen in the background. The day was characterized by a cold `bora` wind induced by a tight surface pressure gradient between the strong high over the UK and low pressure over the Eastern Mediterranean. These pressures were in turn the result of a highly undulating jet stream flowing at 30,000 feet above the earth surface sending cold, arctic air towards the warm eastern Mediterranean Sea causing instability. The strong wind shear might have helped to create stratocumulus clouds from lower cumulus clouds. Sleet, partially melted snow, was also observed over parts of Malta and the actual weather sounding confirm this. The wind also managed to create choppy seas and some huge waves over the Eastern side of Malta as can be seen in the first thumbnail.