A variety of mid and upper tropospheric clouds were crossing Everglades City from the northwest.
GOES 8 found cloud heights from 6.3-12.4 km while the lidars showed cloud bases around 6.0 km (HSRL and VIL). The lidars were block from penetrating through to cloud top by a dense water cloud from 6-7.5 km. The intense backscatter from this water cloud is most obvious on the VIL image.
The cloud top is most like broken because the IR image shows a variety of temperatures and the GOES 8 sounder cloud heights show a group of 6.3-7.6 km clouds to the west of EVG and then some 11.0-12.4 km clouds southwest of EVG. Two layers are possible, one being the 6-7.5 km layer seen on the lidars with a second thin cirrus layer from 11-12.4 km above. Later, at 13:40 UT, the VIL shows a second thin layer around 13 km which is only visible through holes in the lower layer.
The second MISTI over pass occured with nearly clear skies with some very light Ci. The HSRL indicates some very light cirrus from 23:00-23:20 UT. The VIL also found some very light Ci from 12-14 km. The mid-level water cloud from 6-7.5 km was not present. Only a few boundary layer Cu were seen on the HSRL.