Phenomena

Asperitas Clouds

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This short timelapse captures an impressive display of asperitas clouds over Augusta, Georgia. Asperitas clouds, previously known as undulatus asperatus, are a new classification recommended by the Cloud Appreciation Society in 2009. Recently, the World Meteorological Organization indicated they would include the clouds in the their latest Cloud Atlas under the new name. Asperitas clouds form under conditions similar to those of mammatus clouds – in areas with stable, cool, sinking air near the outskirts of thunderstorms. Despite their ominous appearance, the clouds are not themselves an indicator of severe weather – just a spectacular display of our atmospheric dynamics. Happy World Meteorological Day! (Video credit: A. Walters; via Rebekah W/Flow Viz)

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