Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Mountain: March 30, 2013

Simply Divine

I was driving to work last Saturday morning, on Holy Saturday, because I had just been called in for a labor patient.  Just as I enter the freeway on-ramp, I always look up at The Mountain....because this is one of my favorite views.  What I saw:  see above.
This was one of the most amazing and unique cloud formations I had ever seen.
It looked like a hood ornament. 
......and only an iPhone camera.  Again.
My patient and her spouse said it looked like a question mark from their angle,
as they were driving into town from the north.
It looked like it was made up of a couple of lenticular clouds that got all tangled with each other. 
Below, you will find the info about lenticular clouds.......that I have posted in the past.
While lenticular clouds are considered "rare"........they are not rare in some parts of the world, Mt. Shasta being one of those places. We can have them daily, most likely weekly at the minimum. And sometimes a lenticular cloud can hang around for days.
 They are so amazing and beautiful, and common around here.

      According to the link above, Wikipedia states:

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned perpendicular to the wind direction. Lenticular clouds can be separated into altocumulus standing lenticularis (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL). Due to their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings.

And also this about their formation:

Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to the dew point, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds. As the moist air moves back down into the trough of the wave, the cloud may evaporate back into vapor. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form near the crest of each successive wave, creating a formation known as a 'wave cloud.' The wave systems cause large vertical air movements and so enough water vapor may condense to produce precipitation. The clouds have been mistaken for UFOs (or "visual cover" for UFOs) because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape. Bright colors (called Irisation) are sometimes seen along the edge of lenticular clouds.[1] These clouds have also been known to form in cases where a mountain does not exist, but rather as the result of shear winds created by a front.
Thanks for enjoying these shots with me.

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