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Mount Shasta cloud photo sparks UFO rumors

Posted on Thursday, 20 February, 2020 | Comment icon 24 comments

Image Credit: U.S. Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest
This distinctive disc-shaped cloud formation was recently photographed by a worker in the Cascade Mountains.
Appearing as a bright orange disc in an otherwise pristine morning sky, this remarkable weather phenomenon certainly raised a few eyebrows when it appeared on February 13th.

The spectacle soon became a topic of discussion after a photograph taken by Shasta-McCloud Management Unit Fire Management Officer Paul Zerr was posted up on Facebook.

While some users claimed that it could be a UFO, the phenomenon is in fact a lenticular cloud.
"Lenticular clouds are stationary clouds that are shaped like a lens and normally develop on the downwind side of a mountain or mountain range," the US Forest Service wrote.

"They are most common during the winter months and Mt. Shasta is one of the places to spot them in the state and perhaps the country."

The image serves as another example of how something as simple as a cloud can be mistaken for something anomalous with lenticular clouds in particular being among the most commonly misidentified.

Source: CBC Local | Comments (24)

Tags: Cloud, UFO

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by BorizBadinov on 20 February, 2020, 22:41
Yes the same for me, strange the things we remember sometimes. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by look behind you on 21 February, 2020, 7:03
So true!! Lol
Comment icon #17 Posted by onlookerofmayhem on 21 February, 2020, 7:52
I don't remember that. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hazzard on 21 February, 2020, 11:46
Its aged pretty well  I still love it
Comment icon #19 Posted by Desertrat56 on 21 February, 2020, 15:19
The reason the UFO in that movie and most movies disguised themselves in clouds is because they were basing it on what had been reported by many people over the years.  The Close Encounters movie was all about exploring how what people had been reporting could play out.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Kenemet on 21 February, 2020, 21:03
That's because you're looking at a small image.  If you see the full sized painting, in the middle of the "halo cloud" overhead is a bright spot.  If you walk to the painting and look at it, the "spot" is actually a bird.  A dove, in fact, representing the Holy Spirit.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Festina on 21 February, 2020, 21:59
Would you be so kind as to post a link to an image of the entire painting? I’m interested in taking a closer the look —  Can’t find it — I  searched. BTW, Im not a UFO enthusiast. Just thought it was an interesting image.   Picasso is an unfair comparison!! But I get your meaning. Thanks  again.     
Comment icon #22 Posted by stereologist on 21 February, 2020, 22:28
I think Picasso is a fair comparison in that he exhibits paintings showing a different form of expression and that we have to be cognizant of the context in which the painting is made. These older paintings employ symbols which are relevant to the observers of their time. They may not be relevant to people of later times. What I have learned is that the misrepresentation of these symbols is rather common today on fringe sites.   Suppose the following image were shown to someone in the middle ages. Would they think that humans were morphologically different?
Comment icon #23 Posted by Festina on 21 February, 2020, 22:44
Ewww. That’s not good art.  This!! From the Traveler...is Good Art.  Lol.  The Serpent, The symbol for Wisdom has mammary glands and long tresses.  Indeed.   
Comment icon #24 Posted by Festina on 21 February, 2020, 22:47

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