In Awe of God’s Creation – the Asperatus Clouds of New Zealand – Norii Asperatus din Noua Zeelanda – Coplesit de Creatia lui Dumnezeu

Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand 
Image Credit & Copyright: Witta PriesterExplanation: What kind of clouds are these? Although their cause is presently unknown, such unusual atmospheric structures, as menacing as they might seem, do not appear to be harbingers of meteorological doom. Known informally as Undulatus asperatus clouds, they can be stunning in appearance, unusual in occurrence, are relatively unstudied, and have even been suggested as a new type of cloud. Whereas most low cloud decks are flat bottomedasperatus clouds appear to have significant vertical structure underneath. Speculation therefore holds that asperatus clouds might be related to lenticular clouds that form near mountains, or mammatus clouds associated with thunderstorms, or perhaps a foehn wind – a type of dry downward wind that flows off mountains. Such a wind called the Canterbury arch streams toward the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The above image, taken above Hanmer Springs inCanterburyNew Zealand, in 2005, shows great detail partly because sunlight illuminates the undulating clouds from the side.

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  1. The Master's Slave
    aug. 04, 2013 @ 09:43:57

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