I searched the various indexes on this site and could not find the answer to this question. Forgive me if it has been tackled before:
Why do clouds form readily over land and tend to disspiate over water?
A pilot friend of mine told me he could always find a lake by looking for an area with no clouds.
I have read that Pacific Islanders could find small specks of land on the other side of the horizon by rowing towards solitary, stationary clouds.
Satellite images on T.V. weather reports show clouds forming over Cuba and Puerto Rico every morning, but not over the Caribbean and Atlantic. (Hurricanes being an obvious exception to this less-than-iron-clad rule.)
And here on the western shore of Lake Michigan, I have often watched clouds roll in from the west, break up over the lake, and reform on the far shore (giving Grand Rapids one of the cloudiest climates in the lower 48).
So why is this? I would have thought that bodies of water would give off plenty of water vapor, and thus be more likely to generate clouds.
Any clues you can provide would be greatly appreciated.