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Pic of the month, February – asperatus clouds

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I was just stunned by this image of Asperatus clouds in new zealand from NASA APOD. If you don’t subscribe to them, I highly suggest you do!

Image Credit & Copyright: Witta Priester

asperatus priester cloud in New Zealand

asperatus priester cloud in New Zealand, Credit : NASA APOD

From NASA APOD:

Explanation: What kind of clouds are these? Although their cause is presently unknown, such unusual atmospheric structures, as menacing as they might seem, do not appear to be harbingers ofmeteorological doom. Known informally as Undulatus asperatus clouds, they can be stunning in appearance, unusual in occurrence, are relatively unstudied, and have even been suggested as a new type of cloud. Whereas most low cloud decks are flat bottomedasperatus clouds appear to have significant vertical structure underneath. Speculation therefore holds that asperatus clouds might be related to lenticular clouds that form near mountains, or mammatus clouds associated with thunderstorms, or perhaps a foehn wind — a type of dry downward wind that flows off mountains. Such a wind called the Canterbury arch streams toward the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The above image, taken above Hanmer Springs in CanterburyNew Zealand, in 2005, shows great detail partly because sunlight illuminates the undulating clouds from the side.

So, what do you think ?