New Cloud Formation Recognized

May be first cloud formation recognized since 1951

Bryan Stanton recently sent us these rare photos from Hollister-Branson, Missouri.

The cloud formation shown in the photos has been recently discovered, is quite rare, and may soon be included in the International Cloud Atlas by the World Meteorological Organization.

The formation, known as Undulatus Asperatus, would be an addition to the familiar Cumulonimbus, Cirrus, Altostratus, and other cloud types we know today.

The cloud formation, believed to be caused by undulating wind currents, produces beautiful and magnificent rolling clouds with a very unique look. Some say they are ominous and threatening, and one could easily make out skulls, monsters, fearsome faces and more with a bit of imagination.

Scientists are still trying to determine whether or not specific atmospheric conditions produce these type of clouds.

If officially recognized, the Undulatus Aspertaus formation would be the very first formation added to the Cloud Atlas since 1951 when the Cirrus Tortus was recognized.

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