Looks ominous, doesn’t it, this supercell in Julesburg, Colorado, USA.
Clouds in Nebraska
The plains of Nebraska are no strangers to extreme stratospheric conditions, as these clouds in West Point demonstrate.
Clouds Over Hampton
Deep blue sky to the left, but a huge bank of cloud heralds an oncoming storm in Hampton, Arkansas, USA.
Noctilucent cloud and aurora bonus
Noctilucent cloud as the name suggests is a bright cloud at night-time. When an aurora backdrop is added to the scene, as happened recently in Scotland, the effect is stunning.
Blue Sky with White Clouds
Rain is on the way
Mt Fuji from directly above
Cotton wool has often been likened to cloud cover, and in this case it seems especially true, as Mt Fuji, the highest peak in Japan, has its crater entirely circled by a dome of white cloud, a sign of impending rain.
I have long been fascinated by the various cloud formations, and this one is no exception: nacreous clouds hovering over Aberdeen, Scotland.
After typhoon has passed through there are often some strange weather effects left behind.
This rare hanging cloud was seen close to Mt Fuji, Japan the day after a strong typhoon had passed by.
- Rare hat-shaped cloud appears in Japan (itv.com)
- Rare Hat Cloud Appears Near Mount Fuji (fox2now.com)
This is not the kind of cloud formation that we see when we look into the skies every day.
These are lenticular clouds and they were recently seen hovering over Yorkshire in the UK.
And here are some other examples:
Even though it rarely rains in the Sahara Desert there are sometimes clouds, lots of small, wispy clouds, which form an amazing layer over the sand dunes.
Morning Glory again
A few days ago I posted a few photos of morning glory cloud formations, and a student asked me if they came only one at a time.
So I found this photo which shows that there may be many together, like waves in the sky.
Morning Glory, a 1,000km cloud
This incredible cloud formation is known as Morning Glory. It is usually only seen in the early morning and disappears when the sun gets warmer later in the day.
These photos were taken from Sweers Island in northern Australia, which is the most popular place to view these clouds, but they can also occur in some other places around the world, there was even one seen in Scotland.
Perhaps the best view is from above the cloud. Because of hot air rising from the cloud it is even possible to ‘surf’ the cloud.
Asperatus clouds again
Asperatus cloud formations are a new addition to the description of clouds.
To see other photos from a previous article click here.