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Clouds anyone?
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:30:51 AM »
I was on my way back from a knitting retreat in the N Georgia Mountains and we saw some clouds that were so weird that we pulled off to take pictures.

I was wondering if any of the infinitely more knowledgeable science-y types here could tell me what kind of clouds they are.



The looked kinda like cirrus clouds, but I know those only form really high up. These were definitely lower because they were below the heavy cloud cover of the big poofy clouds. They looked almost like thin sheets of clouds that were being distorted and moved. It was really hard to get any decent photos with my Iphone and they were much more defined when I looked at them through my polarized sunglasses. I wish I had had my good camera with a polarizing filter on it.

Thoughts anyone?

Well crap, the image didn't work from dropbox. I gotta find somewhere else to chuck it before I can link. Gimmie a moment.
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Re: Clouds anyone?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2014, 10:34:01 AM »
« Last Edit: November 17, 2014, 10:36:22 AM by vox8 »
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2014, 10:46:51 AM »
Cool. Was this was in the afternoon, shortly before it started raining?
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Re: Clouds anyone?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2014, 10:55:16 AM »
:shrug:

Weird.

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Re: Clouds anyone?
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2014, 10:57:56 AM »
Cool. Was this was in the afternoon, shortly before it started raining?

It was in the afternoon maybe 1:00, but I don't know that it ever really started raining. I was up in Hiawassee.
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Re: Clouds anyone?
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2014, 10:59:22 AM »
I'm tempted to say they're forming when air moving toward the mountains gets bumped up over them.  That happens a lot . . . but usually with bigger mountains than those.

So, yeah, it's weird.  Probably (?) still that, but I've never seen those before, and I've lived in areas with those kinds of mountains.

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2014, 11:26:22 AM »


This is the radar for that time yesterday afternoon. You can see what you were on the edge of. It crept to the Northeast over the next hour, with little areas of precipitation breaking off from the main body.

I've seen clouds like this along the edge of rain on rare occasions. I actually saw some a couple months ago, over a lake. I have no idea what the technical name is.
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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2014, 12:14:56 PM »
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I actually saw some a couple months ago, over a lake. I have no idea what the technical name is.

No, no -- you got it right.  They call it a "lake".

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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2014, 12:19:34 PM »
Looking at a billion pictures online, I think those might be diffuse Undulatus asperatus clouds, possibly lit from an unusual angle.

It's hard to tell, though.

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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2014, 12:51:23 PM »
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I actually saw some a couple months ago, over a lake. I have no idea what the technical name is.

No, no -- you got it right.  They call it a "lake".

Actually it was an impoundment, or reservoir  :P
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Re: Clouds anyone?
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2014, 01:09:51 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2014, 01:56:36 PM »
I think you are probably right Axe - it is the diffuse part that was tripping me up when I was looking at images. I looked at bunches of pictures of that type of cloud but they all looked more like this:



Which is waaaaay cooler.
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Re: Clouds anyone?
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2014, 02:14:46 PM »
Yeah, I've definitely never seen them like that.  I would've been looking for wheels and chariots.

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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2014, 04:07:03 PM »
:detta:  Great stuff!
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Re: Clouds anyone?
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2014, 04:59:21 PM »
'shopped, that picture is. Yours is more honest, vox ;)

I was gonna say mammatus? But it didn't really look like mammatus, so basically I'm just fixated on boobs.
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