Friday, March 14, 2014

"Kelvin Wave" Video Is Coolest Cloud You'll See In A Long Time

I have to show you the coolest cloud formation with the most boring of names.
Another example of Kelvin-Helmholtz instability
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It's called Kelvin-Helmholtz instability.  A yawner of a scientific name, but the clouds the instability causes can be totally amazing.

Writing in's weather page, Rachalle Oblack explained them this way:

"When two different layers of air are moving at different speeds in the atmospher, a wave structure will often form. The upper layers of air are moving at higher speeds and will often scoop the top of the cloud layer into these wave-like rolling structures. The clouds often form on windy days where there is a difference in densities of the air, such as a temperature inversion."

The video first appeared on Facebook, posted by Darren Springer.

Here's the video:

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