Lenticular Cloud(s)

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Probably one of the most stunning & awesome sights I've ever seen...We rounded a bend on the trail & there it was!!! My brother said if you were climbing that mountain that day, you would have to wait as these clouds can bring bad weather to the mountain. Here is some info for you about these clouds: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, creating a formation known as a wave cloud.

Power pilots tend to avoid flying near lenticular clouds because of the turbulence of the rotor systems that accompany them, but sailplane pilots actively seek them out. This is because the systems of atmospheric standing waves that cause "lennies" (as they are sometimes familiarly called) also involve large vertical air movements, and the precise location of the rising air mass is fairly easy to predict from the orientation of the clouds.

"Wave lift" of this kind is often very smooth and strong, and enables gliders to soar to remarkable altitudes and great distances. The current gliding world records for both distance (over 3,000km) and altitude (14,938m) were set using such lift.

Lenticular clouds have been mistaken for UFOs (or "visual cover" for UFOs) because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape

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  1. FissionMailed.com 71 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Graffiti of the Gods (Cloud Porn), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. S.Janahi 70 months ago | reply

    unique & amazin !! :)

  3. Herby Crus 67 months ago | reply

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  7. jaimegerma 66 months ago | reply

    Lenticular clouds or rotor clouds.

  8. Dragonfly.. 61 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Lenticular Clouds Of The World!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Yes, breathtaking scene!!

  9. Pipers Pix 59 months ago | reply

    Fantastic picture, never seen anything like this before.

  10. irvinetustin 58 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Facinating Photos and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  11. Juan Buchelli 55 months ago | reply

    increible, poder estar ahi... que estará pasando en esa cumbre???? QUE SENSACIÓN ESTAR EN ELLA!

  12. Shiroimo [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    Wish I would have been there at that moment... Thanks for taking the pic and sharing it

  13. Terss 50 months ago | reply

    Hi! I'm an Admin of For The Love Of Science! Group and I would love for this photo to be added!

  14. Sibilus_Basilea 43 months ago | reply

    amazing image. never saw such a cloud

  15. mudder_bbc 14 months ago | reply

    Wow! This is lovely! I just learned about lenticular clouds.

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