UFO Clouds

It is a common experience for people to see different shapes and figures in the clouds, but how often do they see clouds that resemble UFOs? These stacks of disk-shaped clouds are called lenticular clouds. They form high in the sky and definitely have a striking appearance, especially when tinged with sunlight.

Here are a few examples of these “UFO clouds”:

Altocumulus lenticularis above the Arctowski Station, Antarctica
By Acaro (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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Mount Hotaka from Mount Otensho, Japan
By Alpsdake (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Lenticular Cloud over Squam Lake, New Hampshire, United States
DuncanPZ (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Lenticular clouds form over Mt. Rainier, Washington, United States
Amandabooberry (Own Work) via Wikipedia

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You can see more fantastic photos of lenticular clouds at this link: 20+ Dramatic Shots of Lenticular Clouds. Enjoy!

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