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Mysterious Lenticular clouds

Mysterious Lenticular clouds

Mysterious Lenticular clouds. Alabama Hills, California, USA (photographer James Neeley).

Mysterious Lenticular clouds.
Lenticular clouds look fantastic, no wonder they have been mistaken for UFOs, or even a visual cover for UFOs, because of their mysterious saucer-like shape. The process of Lenticular clouds formation is very complex, but they have a number of interesting features. For example, lenticular clouds remain in the same place no matter what force the wind blows. They are often formed in the mountains and do not dissipate for hours and sometimes days. Bright colors (called irisation) are sometimes seen along the edge of lenticular clouds, multiple mixed iridescent colors caused by diffracted in clouds sunlight. Pilots tend to avoid flying near lenticular clouds because of the turbulence of the rotor systems that accompany them. Like any rare phenomenon of nature, to take pictures of beautiful lenticular clouds is a godsend for the photographer.

Mysterious Lenticular clouds

Alvorda Desert, Oregon, USA (photo by Marc Adamus).

Lenticular (lens-shaped) clouds – a rare natural phenomenon. These clouds are formed on the crests of the waves of air or air between the two layers. A characteristic feature of these clouds is that they do not move, no matter how strong the wind is. Occurrence of lenticular clouds shows that the atmosphere contains a strong horizontal air streams forming obstacles over the mountain waves, and that in the air is a sufficiently high moisture content. This is usually due to the approaching atmospheric front or due to an energetic transfer of air from remote areas.

Mysterious Lenticular clouds

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