Up Above the World So High

When you watch clouds, you will find various peculiar shapes. The gray and white cloud lines embrace each other resulting in giant and amazing cloud formations.  These natural portraits really amuse us. Depending on the weather patterns and sunshine, cloud may roll in to various beautiful forms: sometimes like the waves of ocean water and sometimes like a wondrous pottery wheel. Here, you can see a collection of stunning cloud formations. Check them out below.

Lenticular cloud, Mt. Fuji, Japan

Altocumulus lenticular is a cloud form that rarely appears. They usually form near or above the mountains. It forms when the moist air flows over a rise in elevation like an umbrella.

Mammatus clouds, Ft. Worth,TX

Mammatocumulus is another variety, which spreads across like a blanket filled with pouch-like nodules.

Asperatus formation, Canterbury, New Zealand

This one is very rare and unique named “Undulatus asperatus”. It can be accepted as a form by meteorologists.

Roll cloud hang glider, Queensland, Australia

Roll cloud hang glider is a cloud variety of arcus cloud. The tube-shaped rollers, which get detached from the cloud bodies around them, appear to roll as they move low across the sky.

 Mammatus over Quebec

The presence of the intense mammatus is an obvious sign of an impending storm over this suburb of Montreal.

Shelf cloud, North Dakota

Shelf clouds resemble roll clouds and the only difference is that it is attached to their parent cloud formation. They are forerunners of serious thunderstorms.

Lenticulars, Mt. Rainier, Washington

These classic lenticular shapes are often called as “UFOs”.

Altocumulus from the ISS

Altocumulus is a combination of many independent cloudlets and it usually forms at a height of 6,500 to 23,000 feet. This picture is taken from the International Space Station.

Lenticular funnel, Palm Springs, CA

This fat lenticular cloud took shape over Southern California in April of 2010. It was described by the photographer as feeling “like it was alive.”

Lenticular ribbon, Tarurua Range, New Zealand

The crazy lenticular action is more obvious in New Zealand.


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