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Levante Cloud

Levante Cloud
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-24
Categories: Mountain, Ocean, Sky
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-08 20:28
Viewed: 6392
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Levante is a warm, east to northeast wind that flows from the Alboran Channel and is funneled through the Strait of Gibraltar. Mild and humid at the south-east coast of Spain and the Balearic Islands, gale-force Levante extends to the eastern Gulf of Cadiz.

The Levante is usuallly accompanied by a characteristic banner cloud which form on top of the Gibraltar rock and streams away to leeward. The Levanter cloud might stretch for a mile or so to the west. However, the Levanter cloud will only form under conditions with wind speeds remaining below Bft 5. In such conditions the Rock creates eddies and turbulences, which takes the form of sudden violent squalls and gusts, frequently of considerably greater force than the prevailing winds and from almost any direction. However, as the winds are exceeding Bft 6, the Levanter cloud detaches from the Rock and eventually dissolves. During Levante conditions, sustained wind speed at Gibraltar are easily twice as high as the approximate wind speed in the Strait of Gibraltar.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-11-09 0:16]

Very fine cloudscape, excellent viewpoint and beautiful. tfs.

Hello Shir! Amazing landscape and seascape. Wonderful islan, excellent clouds. Nice light and colours. Good work. Well done!

Hi Shir!

Now we have the proof: the extraterrestians have arrived on earth, their spaceship has landed at Gibraltar...


Very nice and fascinating picture with that superb shape of the cloud. The lighting is perfect and the centered composition suits the subject very well.

Kind regards


Lovely photograph.Composition,Colors are fabulous.Beautifully taken.
This is the first time i have read about Levante.Thanks for the info as well.

Woooow, Shir, that's a spectacular moment.
I love this view - this cloud is gigantic.
We haven't met for a long time, I'm happy to "see" you again here.
Greetings my friend from Germany
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Lobo (30)
  • [2009-11-09 9:08]

Very unique and awesome photo. I've never seen a picture of a Levante cloud till now. Also great view with waves and all, Nice work.


Hello Shir,
Interesting shot with this amazing cloud formation. Very good note too. Best regards,

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