Saturday, December 6, 2008

Amazing Lenticular Clouds over Mt, Rainier

Folks around Mt. Rainier in Washington state were treated to a spectacular display of "lenticular clouds", formed as a wave of moist air moved over the peak on 12/5/2008. Komonews ran a short article which included some fantastic pictures.

You can find a brief explanation of lenticular clouds here on Wikipedia.

Some years ago, I photographed a lenticular over the Adirondack Mts. that was later featured as an Earth Science Picture of the Day.

Sometimes a similar process produces clouds as stable air moves over a rising column of air. I stopped along the Taconic Parkway one summer evening to photograph this example.

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