On June 8, 2009 I published a post of photos titled, Strange Clouds in the Afternoon. These photos were taken of strange clouds that had appeared hovering above a mountain top close to my home. Checking my email the other morning, I noticed a picture on my email news of similar shaped, strange clouds, these clouds spotted over Moscow. Immediately I was reminded about this previous post I had done and my curiosity was again sparked. Where else have these saucer like clouds been seen? What causes these perfectly shaped clouds?
Heading straight to Google, I decided first to look for these clouds that had been spotted over Moscow and found a few good sources worth mentioning. This picture provided by The Daily Mail Reporter shows cloud cover with a saucer shaped indent in the clouds rather than a circular saucer cloud. My call is a typical case of weather modification! I also wanted to include this thirty second YouTube Video for its great shots of the same clouds.
The clouds from Moscow were not similar to the ones I had seen though, so I next searched for other sightings of sauces clouds, which uncovered hundreds of different pages. Provided in the following links are the best of the images and pages that I discovered. This great collection of images at Environmental Graffiti shows similar saucer clouds sitting on top of a mountain. Very amazing!
I also came across this great source for images of these clouds from all over the world at the Weather Vortex…
The question answered, Where so these clouds come from…
The best source I could find for information on the cause of these spectacular clouds is Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal. Kudos to Dan, my questions are finally answered! These particular clouds are known as Lenny’s clouds and are a favorite of weather enthusiasts. Visit Dan’s site for a full explanation of the natural cause of these clouds.
Please feel free to share any links or comments you have on these spectacular Lenny’s clouds!
It is amazing that Nature’s hand can be so perfect…
Jessica A. Tucker
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