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cloudappsoc's Media: Lenticularis spotted over Centro, Italy, by Filippo Marchisio (Member 35,451) #cloudappreciation #c

Lenticularis spotted over Centro, Italy, by Filippo Marchisio (Member 35,451) #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #lenticularis

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cloudappsoc's Media: Jupiter is a fantastic planet for cloudspotting due to its incessant, supersized storms. Regular fe

Jupiter is a fantastic planet for cloudspotting due to its incessant, supersized storms. Regular features along the gas giant's North Equatorial Belt are huge cigar-shaped cyclonic patches known as ‘brown barges’. Unlike the Great Red Spot, which has been a constant storm feature of Jupiter's atmosphere since at least 1830, brown barges come and go as the storm belt reorganises itself. They can be elusive, as they are often hidden by surrounding dark clouds. They only show up in photographs when the clouds around them are lighter in colour, like they were when NASA’s Juno spacecraft took this image in 2018. . Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill . #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudaday #clouds #cloud #nasa

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cloudappsoc's Media: Crepuscular rays spotted over San Pedro Town, Belize, by Tom Bean (Member 41,135) #cloudappreciatio

Crepuscular rays spotted over San Pedro Town, Belize, by Tom Bean (Member 41,135) #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #crepuscularrays

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cloudappsoc's Media: Lacunosus spotted over New York City, New York, US, by George Preoteasa (Member 41,445) #cloudappre

Lacunosus spotted over New York City, New York, US, by George Preoteasa (Member 41,445) #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #lacunosus

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cloudappsoc's Media: The horseshoe vortex cloud. Subtle, fleeting, rare – and shaped like a horseshoe. What's not to lik

The horseshoe vortex cloud. Subtle, fleeting, rare – and shaped like a horseshoe. What's not to like? . Spotted by ‘Bingers32’ over Thatcham, Berkshire, England. . #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudaday #clouds #cloud #horseshoevortex

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cloudappsoc's Media: Undulatus spotted over Shoalhaven Shire, Australia, by 'fionas75' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting

Undulatus spotted over Shoalhaven Shire, Australia, by 'fionas75' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #undulatus

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cloudappsoc's Media: A shelf cloud spotted over Darwin, Australia, by 'chridevo' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #clou

A shelf cloud spotted over Darwin, Australia, by 'chridevo' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #shelfcloud

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cloudappsoc's Media: When the speed or direction of wind changes over a relatively short distance in the atmosphere it i

When the speed or direction of wind changes over a relatively short distance in the atmosphere it is known as wind shear. A particular type of wind shear is responsible for creating fluctus clouds - one of the rarest and most photogenic varieties. The vortices of air that twist the tops of clouds into these wave-like formations are produced when a layer of warmer air is moving faster than a layer of colder air below it. The difference in speed forms undulations in the air between the layers and if the wind shear is strong enough these will curl upwards into 'breakers'. This mechanism was studied by nineteenth-century scientists Lord Kelvin and Hermann von Helmholtz, after whom this cloud is also named. . Fluctus, or Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds creating a stir over New York, US spotted by Ginny Stuart (Member 28,617). . #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudaday #clouds #cloud #fluctus

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cloudappsoc's Media: Stratocumulus spotted over Lakeport, Texas, US, by 'planenutb17' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting

Stratocumulus spotted over Lakeport, Texas, US, by 'planenutb17' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #stratocumulus

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cloudappsoc's Media: Altostratus spotted over Copala, Mexico, by Suzanne Winckler (Member 41,844) #cloudappreciation #cl

Altostratus spotted over Copala, Mexico, by Suzanne Winckler (Member 41,844) #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #altostratus

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cloudappsoc's Media: Fluctus, also known as Kelvin-Helmholtz, spotted over Evansville, Wyoming, US, by Elizabeth Allred

Fluctus, also known as Kelvin-Helmholtz, spotted over Evansville, Wyoming, US, by Elizabeth Allred (Member 47,234) #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #fluctus

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cloudappsoc's Media: This is a rare and spectacular form of upper-atmospheric lightning known as a ‘blue jet’. It is a s

This is a rare and spectacular form of upper-atmospheric lightning known as a ‘blue jet’. It is a super-brief electrical discharge that fires straight up from the top of powerful electrical thunderstorms, extending up into the stratosphere as a blue-tinged column, reaching altitudes of around 25 miles (40 km) and fanning out towards its tip. This is one of several ‘transient luminous events’, or TLEs, that seem to form above severe thunder storms and coincide with particular movements of charge as lightning strikes within the Cumulonimbus clouds below. Other TLEs include ones with exotic names like ‘sprites’, ‘gigantic jets’ and ‘elves’. Blue jets seem to be the least frequent. Lasting typically no longer than a few milliseconds, these enigmatic and fleeting electrical effects remind us how much we still don’t understand about our atmosphere. . A blue jet spotted in 2017 from the Gemini Observatory at the summit of Maunakea, Hawaii. . https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BlueJet.jpg . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper-atmospheric_lightning . #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudaday #clouds #cloud #bluejet

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cloudappsoc's Media: Cirrus spotted over San Francisco County, US, by Thellen Levy (Member 39,677) #cloudappreciation #c

Cirrus spotted over San Francisco County, US, by Thellen Levy (Member 39,677) #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #cirrus

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cloudappsoc's Media: Undulatus spotted over Clatsop County, US, by 'Derith' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspot

Undulatus spotted over Clatsop County, US, by 'Derith' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #undulatus

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cloudappsoc's Media: This is Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Its methane and ethane cloud cover lacks the marbled pattern

This is Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Its methane and ethane cloud cover lacks the marbled pattern we are used to on Earth, having instead a continuous and uniform appearance. Except, that is, in one spot: at Titan’s south pole. There, a vortex appeared with the onset of winter in the moon’s southern hemisphere. The cloud feature shows as a light-coloured blob in this 2012 image from NASA Cassini spacecraft. Scientists believe the vortex is powered by ‘open-cell convection’, in which air is sinking at the centre of the blob, perhaps clearing some of the cloud layer, while rising air around its edges forms higher cloud that seems to develop into a hood of haze in the atmosphere above. A similar feature was observed over the moon’s north pole when that was in winter. It is described as a vortex because the blob makes a full rotation every nine hours, and so is spinning at a faster rate than Titan’s own 16-day rotation. Seasons don’t change in a hurry on Titan. Its year is determined by that of Saturn and so lasts a total of 29.5 Earth years. This south-pole glimpse of clearer skies might last another few of our years before spring arrives to the southern hemisphere and the continuous cloud cover returns. A few more after that, and Titan’s rotating blob will likely reappear, this time over its north pole. . Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute . #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudaday #clouds #cloud #nasa

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cloudappsoc's Media: Lenticularis spotted over Galapagar, Spain, by Francisco Jose Rodriguez Campo (Member 13,572) #clou

Lenticularis spotted over Galapagar, Spain, by Francisco Jose Rodriguez Campo (Member 13,572) #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #lenticularis

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cloudappsoc's Media: Crepuscular rays spotted over Tulum, Mexico, by 'Ameer Kassis' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #c

Crepuscular rays spotted over Tulum, Mexico, by 'Ameer Kassis' #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudspotterapp #clouds #cloud #crepuscularrays

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cloudappsoc's Media: English Victorian essayist and art critic John Ruskin was born 200 years ago today. Ruskin was a hu

English Victorian essayist and art critic John Ruskin was born 200 years ago today. Ruskin was a huge sky enthusiast, and wrote with great beauty about the value of paying attention to clouds. . “It is a strange thing how little in general people know about the sky. It is the part of creation in which nature has done more for the sake of pleasing man, more, for the sole and evident purpose of talking to him and teaching him, than in any other of her works, and it is just the part in which we least attend to her.” . From "Modern Painters" (1843) Volume I, Section III by John Ruskin. . Sunset with Altocumulus and Cirrus at Manasota Key, Florida, US spotted by Martin Bell (Member 46,529). . #cloudappreciation #cloudspotting #cloudaday #clouds #cloud #altocumulus

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