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Do Clouds Evolve?

Time to become familiar with asperatus clouds.

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, March 2, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography

Undulatus asperatus might certainly represent a form worth considering for a new category of clouds. They are largely unknown, create unusual atmospheric structures, and looks like portents of doom. The clouds can be stunning, occur rarely, and are a relatively new, unstudied phenomena.

Speculation on the environmental conditions that cause their formation may indicate that asperatus clouds may be similar to other cloud forms that develop over mountains, or clouds associated with thunderstorms, or perhaps they are created by warm, down slope, winds that occur around some mountain ranges.


Asperatus clouds, New Zealand  (credit: NASA)

We've all heard about cirrus, lenticular, and cumulus clouds but these ones are new. What do you think of asperatus and where did they come from?

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Mark Sutherland

3/16/2017 11:48 AM

I TOOK THIS PHOTO FROM AURORA, CO!!!!!! on 5/2/13!!! STOLEN

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