Weird Science

Not the movie.

A co-worker (I work with atmospheric scientists) emailed around some photos of rare clouds. They are very cool, but I’m glad I never saw these clouds in person. Because frankly, they scare me.

Maybe it’s the uncanny resemblance to UFO’s and tornadoes that spooks me. I get an eerie feeling  when I look at them.

You can decide for yourself…

.Clouds

Clouds

Clouds

FYI In case you are wondering …

These are “lenticular clouds”.  They’re caused when the winds are just right so when they flow over Mt. Rainier , the air gets pushed up where it cools and condenses into clouds.  It’s usually a sign of rain within 24 hours because typically the moist flow that precedes a storm in this area is the perfect set up for these clouds.