Saturday, March 3, 2007

Strange Clouds…or Cloud Ships?

I recently found a website that knocked my socks off! I spent a very long time examining the photos there. Clouds can be very strange indeed, especially lenticular clouds.

Lenticular clouds are simply one more example of the beauty and complexity that can be the result from a simple process in nature.These lens-shaped clouds are often mistaken for UFO’s because of their weird shape that seems to mandate a prior design. But like evolution, it is just a process that has designed these kind of clouds…


Simply, when clouds go over a mountain top, the mountains cause a pattern of up and down waves in the wind, with lenticular clouds forming at the peaks of these waves.


A stack of lenticular clouds caps and blocks the view of the summit of Mount Rainier.© Copyright 2005 Kevin Ebi/Living Wilderness. All rights reserved.

And this one is just magnificent:


© Jane English / A stack of lenticulars over Mount Shasta. Note the hand-shaped avalanche track in the center just below tree-line — this January 1995 avalanche took out 250 year-old fir trees.

I understand the concept of lenticular clouds, but what about ones that are not situated over mountains or hills? Like these, which look suspiciously like some kind of flying or hovering craft?




I don’t know about you, but if I saw these clouds hanging over my house, I might get a bit edgy. Especially if I were this guy, who filmed two of these clouds “hanging out” in his area in Costa Del Sol, Spain. Are these really clouds, or could they be "mother ships?"

You can view and/or examine many more strange clouds at the valuca website.

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