Monday, February 8, 2010

Lenticular Clouds

Mount Rainier is in Washington State. We saw these amazing pictures.

Those of us NOT living in Tacoma Washington, or surrounding areas will
appreciate these pictures. I know some people who saw this on Friday Feb 5th 2010.
It was so amazing, people were pulling over on the freeway to take pictures.
Mt. Rainier puts on a show!
Our little dry streak is about to come to an end. But if you looked at
Mt. Rainier today, you would have known that already.
Take a look at some of these incredible clouds captured over Mt. Rainier today.
Those are called "lenticular clouds" They're caused when the air flow is
just right so when it flows over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward
where it cools and condenses into clouds. Depending on how smooth
the flow is, you can get some amazing clouds formations as we've seen
so far to day. Here is more information on what causes them from an
earlier blog entry.
It's usually a sign of rain within 24 hours because typically the moist
flow that precedes a storm around here is the perfect set up for these clouds.

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