WHO NEEDS PHOTOSHOP WHEN MOTHER NATURE CAN BE THIS CREATIVE? These 15 Clouds Really Exist in Nature!
Posted on Feb 18, 2016
These clouds aren't a precursor to alien invasion – they're a completely natural occurrence, believe it or not!
1. Fallstreak Hole
Nope, the sky isn’t caving in – some of the clouds’ water droplets freeze into ice crystals and fall below the clouds. Funny thing is that Fallstreak Hole can spread up to dozens of miles!
2. Anvil Clouds
Though you’d be mistaken thinking that this is a nuclear blast, you aren’t that far from the truth; anvil clouds are the upper part of thunderstorms. They produce lightening and thunders that can be heard miles away!
3. Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds
These beautiful clouds aren’t linked to any weather condition, but you’ll have a hard time noticing them – they last only a few minutes! They’re usually 16,500 feet (5 kilometers) up in the sky!
4. Lenticular Clouds
Although they look like marshmallows, lenticular clouds are formed when a current of moist air is condensed while travelling upwards (travelling over a mountain). They are known to stay in the same position for days.
5. Roll Clouds
These tubes of white clouds are often seen in Australia – the waves are formed due to the sea breeze. They have nothing to do with tornadoes, as commonly believed.
6. Polar Stratospheric Clouds
Polar clouds are probably the most beautiful ones – due to their unique rainbow colors! They’re also called “nacreous” clouds, meaning “mother of pearl”. They’re also often mistaken for UFOs!
7. Mammatus Clouds
The type of sinking clouds, Mammatus Clouds were mistakenly linked to tornadoes – but that was proven to be a common misconception. They actually signalize that the worst part of a thunderstorm has already passed your area.
8. Undulatus Asperatus
Meaning “agitated waves”, these surreal clouds have been discovered in 2009! Scientists are still trying to determine what’s causing them, but they can be seen in the US in the Plains states.
9. Polar Clouds
Another beautiful example of these surreal polar clouds which make the sky explode with amazing colors!
10. Fallstreak Hole, Part 2
The Fallstreak Hole is not a natural occurrence – it happens when an aircraft suddenly passes through the cloud. Then the freezing process begins and the hole starts to spread.
11. Undulatus Asperatus Strikes Again
These clouds are simply fascinating – their origin is unknown to science, but they’re believed to be associated with thunderstorms.
12. Mammatus Clouds, Part 2
This is a great example of mammatus cloud above urban area – it has a high concentration of crystals and water droplets, and is gradually sinking towards the earth.
13. Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds Goes Bigger
Though we’ve already mentioned Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud, notice how these start small and then progressively get bigger and bigger. This type of cloud is common in the upper troposphere, but it cannot be seen by a human eye.
14. A Giant Roll Cloud
Looks like a giant tunnel in the sky, doesn’t it? Roll clouds are often mistaken for shelf clouds, but they are nonetheless a spectacular sight in the sky anywhere in the world!
15. Extremely Rare Lenticular Cloud
Another example of lenticular clouds, but this type is quite rare – photographers have a hard time finding it, often spending entire days trying to catch a perfect photo. Though they don’t form often, they are known to stay in the same position for days.