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Forum topic by handsawgeek posted 01-26-2015 02:20 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2015 02:20 PM

Yesterday, while out and about, I noticed this very unusual cloud formation west of Castle Rock, Colorado, and had to snap a photo.
Very reminiscent of a wood screw or a spiral spindle.
I’d like to get a meteorologist to explain the mechanics of this one!

Have a great Monday!

-- Ed


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#1 posted 01-26-2015 03:05 PM

Cool cloud! Looks like some mountain wave action.

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 03:26 PM

Yes, I did estimate that it was located directly over the front range foothills…

-- Ed

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 04:09 PM

I got an answer on this cloud…
They are called Kelvin Helmholtz clouds (or wave clouds). They were actually featured on the weather broadcast last night on a local news station.
The meteorologist said they are caused when there is a warm dense layer of air above a cooler less dense layer, traveling at different speeds.

-- Ed

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 05:03 PM

Makes sense.

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 06:15 PM


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#6 posted 01-26-2015 08:49 PM

It has to be from Global Warming.

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 02:45 PM

Go to Google, type in ‘wave cloud’ then look at the images page. Lot of gorgeous examples of similar formations

-- Ed

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