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Unique Cloud Formation

Unique Cloud Formation
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-02-05
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-02-08 8:41
Viewed: 1810
Points: 10
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I believe this is called a Altocumulus Standing Lenticularis Cloud.

Where I live we have Chinook winds which bring warm weather. The winds are associated and create Lenticular clouds and a Chinook Arch.

High winds are very common during the Chinook. On this day there were very high winds and though this wasn't part of the Chinook Arch, it was very interesting to watch this cloud form and then disappear.

It's fun to watch clouds and try to make a few shapes out. I thought this looked like the top of someone head walking through the clouds.

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looks like an icecream!! very cool

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-02-08 10:58]

Hello Janice,
Never seen something like this. Beautiful photo.

Hello Janice,
This is a wonderful composition with interesting clouds formation. Stunning DOF and clarity.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-02-09 9:49]

Waaw Janice,very very curious,i never seen before a cloud like that,it seems a cupola of an sky obsrvatory..ehehe...great timing and excellent quality of sharpness and exposure,very well done.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Janice,
Beautiful photograph of this Cloud Formation. It would be better if we could see how far it stretches; to find out exact ID.
To me, it looks like 'UPPER PORTION' ( which you described as SOMEONES HEAD ) of "Shelf Cloud". It's a low and horizontal cloud whereas ACSL, is stationary HIGH ALTITUDE cloud and normally aligned perpendicular to the wind direction.
Here, I can see (Can't see full length though ) it is attached to the base of the parent cloud.
Moreover, the shape of the cloud not clearly looks like either UFO or lens-shaped.
But, it's not possible to remark clearly that it's 100% Self cloud and 100% not ACSL, just watching this photograph. You were there, so you know better the situation of the formation.
Thanks for showing such natural phenomenon,

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