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Breathtaking and rare 'Levanter' cloud formation filmed over Gibraltar

By T.K. Randall
September 11, 2022 · Comment icon 3 comments

Gibraltar's unique landscape provided ideal conditions for the phenomenon. Image Credit: Twitter / Met Office Gibraltar
Remarkable Met Office time-lapse footage shows clouds flowing like water over the Rock of Gibraltar.
The unusual meteorological phenomenon was recorded over Gibraltar - a British overseas territory situated on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula - back on August 24th.

The time-lapse footage (viewable below), shows billowing clouds flowing like water over the peak of the 426-meter-high Rock of Gibraltar - as though a giant smoke machine was being aimed at it.

According to the Met Office, this particular cloud formation is known as "Levanter" in the local area, but is perhaps better known as a "banner cloud" in general terms.
Such clouds are created when strong winds blow moist air against a hill or mountain, forcing the air upwards towards the peak, after which it cools, causing the water vapor to condense into clouds.

In this particular case, the wind can be seen blowing the newly formed clouds away.

The resulting phenomenon is spectacular to say the least.

Source: Live Science | Comments (3)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by and-then 6 months ago
That's cool!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Orphalesion 6 months ago
Ooooh "levanter" I'v e been misreading it as "lavender" and was wondering why the colour didn't show in the video
Comment icon #3 Posted by Vox 6 months ago
Im a born and bred Gibraltarian living in Gibraltar. This event is not rare in the slightest. Next time it occurs I will take a video and post it here.

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