Agent 27 (witherwings7) wrote,
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Knowledge is power!

Don't you hate it when you have a great subject to post to a community and you find out somebdoy already did it? Here I thought i was original posting about Lenticular clouds on wtf_nature and when I checked the tags, it was already done. Woe is me :P

So I'll share my love for these amazing clouds with you!

Lenticular clouds, technically known as altocumulus standing lenticularis, are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned at right-angles to the wind direction. Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. Lenticular clouds sometimes form at the crests of these waves. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form near the crest of each successive wave, creating a formation known as a 'wave cloud'. The wave systems cause large vertical air movements and so enough water vapor may condense to produce precipitation. The clouds have been mistaken for UFOs (or "visual cover" for UFOs) because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape.

More info here!
The truth is out there ;)

*insert X-Files theme*

Classic example of why they are mistaken for UFOs. Looks like an invasion doesn't it?

These clouds don't have to look like UFOs, they can also look like this!

Or this!

As you can see, these clouds ore mostly found near mountains.

Mount Shasta here in Cali!

Hehe, pefect balance

Now you know one of the reasons I'm so fascinated by meteorology! :)
Tags: nature is awesome
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