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Aurora over Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

September 3, 2011

Image Credit & Copyright: Steve Milner
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Turn up the volume, have a cup of coffee and watch planet earth from the vantage point of the International Space Station. Very cool
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These clouds show the way for glider pilots who can surf the wave for thousands of kms
A Lenticular Cloud Over New Zealand

What's happening above those mountains? Several clouds are stacked up into one striking lenticular cloud. Normally, air moves much more horizontally than it does vertically. Sometimes, however, such as when wind comes off of a mountain or a hill, relatively strong vertical oscillations take place as the air stabilizes. The dry air at the top of an oscillation may be quite stratified in moisture content, and hence forms clouds at each layer where the air saturates with moisture. The result can be a lenticular cloud with a strongly layered appearance. This picture was taken in 2002 looking southwest over the Tararua Range mountains from North Island, New Zealand.

Image Credit & Copyright: Chris Picking
Explanation of the image from: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090121.html
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what a wicked looking cloud
Asperatus Cloud, New Zealand An amazing shot taken off the deck of a rental home in Hanmer, NZ. Maybe it is an Undulatus cloud?

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/photogalleries/new-cloud-pictures/#/asperatus-cloud-new-zealand_9627_600x450.jpg
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awesome beasties on the beach in Nederland

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Windy weather?
A Supercell Thunderstorm Cloud Over Montana

Is that a spaceship or a cloud? Although it may seem like an alien mothership, it's actually a impressive thunderstorm cloud called a supercell. Such colossal storm systems center on mesocyclones -- rotating updrafts that can span several kilometers and deliver torrential rain and high winds including tornadoes. Jagged sculptured clouds adorn the supercell's edge, while wind swept dust and rain dominate the center. A tree waits patiently in the foreground. The above supercell cloud was photographed in July 2010 west of Glasgow, Montana, USA, caused minor damage, and lasted several hours before moving on.

Credit & Copyright: Sean R. Heavey
http://www.nasa.gov/
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Looking forward to some great winds in 2012
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