Most Amazing and Interesting Clouds
Some really amazing clouds make us all think the Apocalypse is coming, but they’re really just awesome natural phenomenons which make us remember that nature truly is amazing. Cloud formations often go unnoticed, we pass them by everyday without realizing how interesting they really are, but these clouds you will surely notice: we have mushroom clouds which will get you scared of nuclear bombs, and we also have clouds shaped like UFOs, and many, many more, so have a look at some of the most amazing and strangest cloud storms.
Cloud storm USA 2012:
A small town in the US wasn’t all that scared of the weather forecast one day that foretold a storm coming their way. Little did they know that the clouds had something in store for them. The sky started getting dark and almost everyone got out of their homes and tried to immortalize the moment, you can see a video of that amazing cloud storm below:
Apocalyptic storm clouds in Russia 2012
At a first glance at this picture, you might be tempted to say that you’re looking at a tsunami, but look again, this is not a tsunami swept city, but rather a city awaiting a heavy storm. The threatening clouds will most surely scare even the bravest of the town. See another picture of the Russian cloud storm below.
But what is the deal with these amazing clouds? Is it a rare phenomenon or is it just normal in some parts of the world? Well, let’s have a look below at some of the most interesting and amazing clouds.
1. Mushroom Clouds
You may think that a nuclear bomb exploded in a city near you if you see this cloud on the horizon, but look again, it’s just a harmless, yet amazing cloud, which is shaped like a mushroom.
Mushroom clouds are the result of the sudden formation of a large mass of hot, low-density gases near the ground creating what’s known as a Rayleigh–Taylor instability. The gas rapidly lifts, hence creating turbulent vortices curling downward around its edges, resulting in to a vortex ring, drawing up a column of additional smoke and debris in the center to form its “stem”.
2. Lenticular Clouds
You may think you’re looking at a picture of cotton candy, or whipped cream, but in fact you’re feasting your eyes on a lenticular cloud. And if you go on a head and look at the pictures below, you may understand why some scientists offer these clouds as an explanation to UFO sightings.
Lenticular clouds are formed at high altitudes and they are scientifically known as altocumulus standing lenticularis. This type of clouds is a stationary lens-shaped cloud, normally aligned perpendicular to the wind direction. See some more strange lenticular clouds below:
And below you can see some videos of these amazing clouds:
3. Mammatus Clouds
Have a look at these beauties! These superbe and amazing clouds are called Mammatus Clouds, or mammatocumulus which means mammary glands, or breasts. Mammatus are associated with the anvil cloud and also severe thunderstorms. See more picture of such amazing clouds below:
4. Altocumulus Castelanus
These funny clouds are also known as jelly fish clouds and they for at an altitude of 17,000 feet when the rush of moist air comes from the Gulf Stream and gets trapped between other layers of dry air. The top of the cloud forms a jellyfish shape while as the tentacles known are actually rain drops that have evaporated.
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Written with love and coolness by Marius on August 12, 2012 in Interesting Things
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