Cool clouds!

2009-09-14 16:54:43.000 – Brian Clark,  Observer and Meteorologist


This shift has been a good one for seeing interesting clouds. For last Saturday’s comment, I posted a picture of some cool looking clouds we saw when the fog broke during that morning. Yesterday morning we saw some nice lenticulars, a picture of which I posted on the Observatory’s page on Facebook. Then today we saw more lenticulars, along with some very unique and beautiful cloud formations that I’m not even sure how to classify. In some ways it seemed a lot like a cap cloud, but in other ways it definitely wasn’t.

Exactly how unique were they? Well, I think that the Observatory’s Director of Museum Operations, Bill Grenfell, put it well today when he said something like: ‘If the observers are getting this excited about clouds, you know they are rare!’

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so here are several thousand for you:

Looking Northwest

Closeup of the previous picture

Looking North

Another looking North (taken about 10 minutes later)

Looking Northeast

Another looking Northeast

If you happen to have an idea of what these clouds might be classified as (perhaps the newly proposed undulatus asperatus?), let me know!


Brian Clark,  Observer and Meteorologist

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