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Kryso

Unusual Cloud Formation

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Here are some unusual photos of clouds. They are so beautiful and yet we seem to take them for granted!

This type is called a Lenticular Cloud.

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This one is called a Wave Cloud.

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Here's a strange mushroom shaped one.

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Another mushroom.

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Strange holes?

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Strange jellyfish one?

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Funny one.

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The second mushroom pic looks like Armageddon is happening :alien:

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Those are really fantastic pictures, thank you for sharing them! Did you take any yourself?

You don't see many odd cloud formations here but i do remember once on a bus trip i saw a large cloud with a really massive hole right through the middle, almost like an Eye of the Storm, it was pretty cool.

I especially like that orange mushroom cloud, i think i would have been a little freaked out if i saw that, it looks dangerous!

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the mushroom clouds are super cells. those are usually very intense thunderstorms, often producing heavy rains, strong winds, hail, and some tornadoes. if you see a big mushroom cloud like one of those, it'd probably be a good idea to head for shelter unless you'd like to go to oz. :yes:

oh! and as a quick thought, here are a couple of cloud pictures that i've taken... nothing unusual, just kind of neat...

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Did you take any yourself?

I'm afraid not. In England we only have one kind - the big gray blanket kind that rains non-stop :unsure:

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haha yeah, i know all about that cloud.

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Very cool,wonder what makes them have holes in the like that? :huh:

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my guess would be that there are a few very small spots of high pressure in those areas for whatever reason.

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The the US Rockies they have very beautiful clouds called chinooks.

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i forget what they call these, but they are pretty trippy

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more of the same

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Those are unbelievable. Wow.

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bloodmoon, those look like god went crazy with the shaving cream... :yes:

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The the US Rockies they have very beautiful clouds called chinooks.

Yes, I lived in Fountain, CO for a year and I freaked when I saw one for the first time. :w00t:

Very nice photos, post more, if you have any!!

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wow, those are beautiful... I need to start paying more attention to clouds!

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WOW :blink: Those are strange. Especially because some look like a smoke cloud formed by an atomic bomb :ph34r: Maybe the people over at area 51 had a little accident, lol

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I'm afraid not. In England we only have one kind - the big gray blanket kind that rains non-stop :unsure:

Only in England could we have none stop rain and a drought. :no:

In the original post the first 3 pictures are lenticular clouds. This is what the British Met Offic says about them:

The altocumulus of CM 4 often forms in patches in the shape of almonds or lenses and is then called altocumulus lenticularis. These formations are caused by wave motions in the atmosphere and are frequently seen in mountainous or hilly areas. They are often called wave clouds. They may be triggered off by hills only a few hundred metres high and may extend down wind for over 100 km. The cloud elements form at the windward edge of the cloud and are carried to the downwind edge where they evaporate.

Source:Met Office - Clouds

I've seen a lenticular cloud only once in my life. Two years ago I saw one from Dublin over, what I assume to be, the Wicklow Hills.

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wow never seen clouds like that before too bad Britain doesnt have clouds like that

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Supercell clouds are also pretty...but dangerous.

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wow never seen clouds like that before too bad Britain doesnt have clouds like that

It does, they just aren't very common.

This site: John Mason's Geology Wales has some examples, Lenticular clouds, Wales and UK examples.

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the mushroom clouds are super cells. those are usually very intense thunderstorms, often producing heavy rains, strong winds, hail, and some tornadoes. if you see a big mushroom cloud like one of those, it'd probably be a good idea to head for shelter unless you'd like to go to oz. :yes:

oh! and as a quick thought, here are a couple of cloud pictures that i've taken... nothing unusual, just kind of neat...

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Wow...Those are so awesome! But of course they aren't authentic unless you have a specialist look at them. They look real to me, but I'm no specialist. Speaking of clouds, did anyone happen to see one the other night, like right after sunset? It was shaped kind of like a helix. It was all rainbow colors and it stayed there for a good 5 minutes. I got some pics and I'll try to post them for you guys. It was the craziest lookin' cloud i've ever seen.

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Speaking of clouds, did anyone happen to see one the other night, like right after sunset? It was shaped kind of like a helix. It was all rainbow colors and it stayed there for a good 5 minutes. I got some pics and I'll try to post them for you guys. It was the craziest lookin' cloud i've ever seen.

This sounds like it may have been some kind of ice halo, tangent arc, or sun dog. These are caused by sunlight being refracted through high altitude ice crystals in a similar way to how rain drops cause rainbows. There are some nice pictures of these phenomena on the Atmospheric Optics, web site. Click on "ice halos".

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Beautiful photo's Kryso, good find. :tu:

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Lovely pictures Kryso. Is it any wonder humankind has always looked to the skys when there is so much beauty to be found? This pic is one of my favourites, the relatively rare iridescent clouds

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