Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Roll Cloud Over Wisconsin
Posted on 09/08/2013 11:59:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: What kind of cloud is this? A type of arcus cloud called a roll cloud. These rare long clouds may form near advancing cold fronts. In particular, a downdraft from an advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud. When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form. Roll clouds may actually have air circulating along the long horizontal axis of the cloud. A roll cloud is not thought to be able to morph into a tornado. Unlike a similar shelf cloud, a roll cloud is completely detached from their parent cumulonimbus cloud. Pictured above, a roll cloud extends far into the distance as a storm approached in 2007 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA.
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Neat! I’ve had ‘shelf clouds,’ which are the younger sibling to these, over my Back Forty. Simply amazing to see! :)
I don’t know. For some reason, that photo reminds me of the time when Brenda and I were in the cab of the pickup after the dance and she wanted to show me her nimbus.
The first time I saw one of these in Atlantic City, NJ, I thought all hell was going to break loose...scared the wits out of me, as I was driving along the shore line at the time.
Cloud formation over Wisconsin. Anybody know where? It’s just gry and drizzly here. No spectacular clouds in sight.
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Cumulo nimbus mammatus, I presume, and a most unusual display.
Never seen one of these in life or pics.
Would be a scary sight!
I love the roll clouds! They look so imposing...
Saw one of these once when I was in CO. Very impressive and scary.
Totally awesome! I was just thinking yesterday how clouds are like snowflakes, no two alike. I don’t get out much beyond my back porch. Wonderful clouds this summer.
had to look for more with explanations:
Must See Post #11.
Throw in a bunch of sharks & it would look like a tsunami scene from a bad sci-fi flick ....
The first photo is of lenticular clouds. The second is mammatus. Mammatus clouds usually follow a thunderstorm and are full of moisture.
LOL. Well, that’s not exactly “breaking news”, is it?
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