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Mon, Jun. 9th, 2008 05:47 pm
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! :)

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mariahgem
mariahgem
MariahGem
Tue, Jun. 10th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)

Wow! Those are so cool!! I like the first one best, though! It totally does look like a UFO!


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facecat
facecat
worst-case-scenario girl
Tue, Jun. 10th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)

Awesome. I'd never heard of those. They look very neat.


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weaz3l
weaz3l
Aleks
Tue, Jun. 10th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)

Those are some of the coolest pictures ever. I've never actually seen one in person though. :(


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Tue, Jun. 10th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)

I've never seen one either :(
It's a cloud goal of mine to see one! Also one of these, they're Nacreous clouds, extremely rare and so colorful!


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ravenqueen55
ravenqueen55
The Rec Ho...
Tue, Jun. 10th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)

Those are awesome images!


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pansylove
pansylove
Captain of the SS Panvi
Tue, Jun. 10th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)

Woah! That's really cool.


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box_of_sorrows
Box Of Sorrows
Tue, Jun. 10th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)

Oooh! Edukayshunal!
They're amazing, I'd never even heard of those before, certainly don't think I've seen anything like that around here even when we've been over to area's like the lake district where it's almost got mountains...


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Mon, Jun. 30th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)

How neat...


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