Asperitas Sunset

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Asperitas clouds, previously known as undulatus asperatus, are the most recently recognized cloud type. These clouds make the sky look like the ocean rolling in waves. Photographer Mike Olbinski, on a recent storm chase earlier this month, caught these spectacular asperitas clouds near sunset. The clouds’ effect is unusual under normal circumstances and completely surreal with this lighting. Check out the video for the full effect. Olbinski caught the clouds on the outskirts of a dying storm cell. That’s a common place to see these formations; despite their ominous appearance, they do not develop storms and are more often seen as storms are ending. (Video and image credit: M. Olbinski; h/t to Paul vdB)

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