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Lenticular Clouds at Mount Mitchell
Lenticular Clouds at Mount Mitchell
Description: Lenticular wave clouds are formed when air moves up over mountains, cooling sufficiently for condensation to take place. Someimtes Multiple lenticular wave clouds like this are formed downstream from the original cloud. Note that the cloud appears to be sitting still but actually the air continually forms the cloud as it flows over the mountain. This picture was taken from the parking lot of Mount Mitchell, NC, the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6684 feet. We are looking northeasterly I believe. This is the second photo I took of these lenticular wave clouds. These type of wave clouds were not uncommon in the mountains of NC, but these are certainly the most beautiful I have seen. I am unsure of the date this photo was taken but I`m guessing March 1992. This is one of the top 5 photos that I have ever taken, IMHO.

Date Taken: 3/1/1992
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City: Mount Mitchell
State: north carolina
Country: United States
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I love the clouds. Please tell us more them. -- flowersforsara
Only you could make it Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! -- BeckyMarie
wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. -- jodimiller
The waves beside them danced but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed---and gazed---but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. William Wordsworth -- jodimiller
What is that fine cloud in front of main cloud. Why is it not being pulled into the other cloud How can their be a top or cap to this cloud yet fine waves of clouds are moving it seems upwards right next to it. -- amandasnowflake
Different layers are probably representing sharp changes in temperature- the atmosphere is normally layers of temperatures but in this case lifted up over a mountain. -- weathermatrix
Ok Mr. Accuweather, my hero, I know you have the answer, Please read comment again, I think Amanda is seeing the same thing I see. If the temps are keeping the cloud as we see in this form, why then or how can we be seeing a thin layer of clouds going up and down, as compared to side to side. Really this is no joke, we see this explain. Shoot this could be our next homework project, thanks in part to you know who. -- jodimiller
You have not given us an answer yet to above question. We know you are sick, so when ever -- jodimiller
I`m not sure I understand the question but if you can imagine the atmosphere as a 3-d volume of temperature and moisture, the clouds are what define certain areas where the two combine to allow for water droplets to form. Not knowing which direction the wind was, or from where exactly this was taken, it would be hard to define which mountain or hill caused which cloud. -- weathermatrix
As a painter of clouds in northern New Mexico, I observe them daily. The line in front of these lenticular clouds looks to me like a contrail that has somewhat dispersed. Contrails occur in a higher layer of the atmosphere than lenticular clouds and would not be affected by the air currents and conditions that create the lens shapes. By the way, we have incredibly spectular lenticular clouds in Taos county, as we lie right along the western length of the Sangre de Cristos. -- cloudwoman
Stratocumulus radiatus are what these clouds are, well picture I just saw has this labled this way and it said low level level clouds stacked on top of each other, found on top of mountains, where the air masses meet. -- flowersforsara
Cloudwoman we love you thanks for your help. So Mr. Accuweather can you give this cloud a one name answer. -- South Fork Weather Team
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