Strange Clouds

Do you remember learning about clouds in school when you were little? Everyone remembers cirrus, nimbus, cumulus, and stratus. Everyone has heard of cumulonimbus–those are the huge, towering clouds that are often associated with super-cells and thunderstorms. Fortunately for us, we had a rather mild year of that kind of weather this year, here in Alabama.

Every so often, someone sends a picture of weird, dramatic cloud formations to the local weather gurus like this one:

HelmholtzThose are “Kelvin-Helmholtz” waves. Weird. Never heard of or seen them, before. You can learn more about them and watch a video someone took of these same clouds if you click on the photo.

Today, I saw this photo posted on our local celebrity meteorologist James Spann’s Facebook page:

Undulatus asperatus over TuscaloosaDoesn’t that look like the neighborhood is about to get sucked up? Weird. It’s called an Undulatus Asperatus cloud. Huh? That’s what I said! Never heard of it. Turns out, it’s a fairly new classification that I read about at The Cloud Appreciation Society‘s website. Seriously, there is a society for that.  Maybe I should join this one. Hmmmm….


About rebelwife

New England wife of a Southern man relocated back to Alabama.
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One Response to Strange Clouds

  1. garden2day says:

    Beautiful parts of nature. I love clouds. We learn something every day. Cool! 😀


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