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Image of the Day….Lenticular Clouds Look Like UFOs….

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View larger. | Lenticular clouds over Sangre de Cristos mountains, New Mexico, by EarthSky Facebook friend Geraint Smith.View larger. | Lenticular clouds over Sangre de Cristos mountains, New Mexico – in January, 2015 – byEarthSky Facebook friend Geraint Smith.

Lenticular clouds look like UFOs

These lens-shaped clouds are often mistaken for UFOs. Here’s how they form,

Enjoy these photos  of beautiful lenticular clouds taken in places around the world, and shared with us by EarthSky friends on Facebook and Google+.

These lens-shaped clouds typically form where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains. When this happens, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the mountain’s downwind side. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to the dew point, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds. As the moist air moves back down into the trough of the wave, the cloud may evaporate back into vapor. So lenticular can appear and disappear relatively…

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