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You Never Forget Your First Asperatus

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  • modoc451

    I’ve always been partial to the Altostratus undulatus, and I had no idea what these kinds of clouds were called before this post. Now I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for these newfangled asperatus. Thanks Evan!

  • The sky looks like the underside of a frozen lake.

  • mfryer100

    I saw that type of cloud formation a few years ago here at Olympia, Washington. That was the only time I ever remember that type of cloud formation, it was very cool.

  • BlueFrog

    I loved this post and had just been reading about this amazing cloud. One site I read about meteorological info on is Meteorological News. They have a great post about Aseratus clouds (fantasitic photos too), but the part worth reading are the comments to the post. The causes of this amazing cloud, according to the commenters, are Chem trails, HAARP or other incredible nonsense. Really interesting how scary these cloud seem to some people. The link to the article and comments is:

    http://www.meteorologynews.com/2009/06/06/new-cloud-type-discovered-undulus-asperatus/

  • Madeline Dietrich

    I assumed upon reading the post title this was going to be about an emergency room breathing device. I was rather happy to find it was about clouds. I saw this formation recently.(I have seen it in the past, prior to the official naming). Last week a strong late-season cold front blew into southeast Texas. This formation occurred when the ground temperature was in the 60′s, and I witnessed it while driving into Houston around 7:30am on Saturday March 20. The weather turned much colder that day and it rained for an extended period, followed by temperatures in the low 40′s accompanied by 25-30 mph winds out of the north with gusts of 35-40 mph (at least) on the coast, where I was Saturday night. (I was carrying a double bass across a parking lot at one point and almost became airborne!) Anyway, Asparatus must be the result of an unstable meeting of two very different air masses, a beautiful, dramatic and fleeting boundary line.

  • Cobey

    Holy crap it looks like an upside down Ansel Adams snow blown desert photo. Great article. My job consist of a lot of standing around outside doing nothing and offers many opportunities to see cool clouds. I hope I see something like this one day.

  • twinarp

    Evan,
    Thought you might not have seen this one. I thought it was SENSATIONAL.

    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap090824.html

    Steve

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