Clouds First || Abhishek Kumar

Clouds First || Abhishek Kumar

This is an image of a cloud that I’ve identified as a hybrid of an Cirrocumulus Lenticularis and a Altostratus Lenticularis. I definitely think that this formation is due to Orographic reasons, stemming from what used to be a mountain wave cloud. The lower layers are stratified and the uppermost layer is affected by gravity waves. The most striking aspect of these clouds would be the iridescence (green and pink hues) created due to the scattering of sunlight by ice crystals in the clouds that act like prisms.
This is the original image taken. The iridescent hues are also visible. Attached below are two Skew-T plots, due to the time of image capture being 11:22 am on October-9-2019, and the available Skew–T’s are for 6 am and 6 pm same day.
Skew-T diagram for October-9-2019 at 6 am
Skew-T diagram for October-9-2019 at 6 pm
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  • Alejandra Abad
    Oct 18, 2019 12:29

    This is very cool, I wonder if I also had iridescence in my ice cloud. I really love your photo.

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  • Audrey Viland
    Oct 16, 2019 12:47

    Great description of the iridescence and well worth the time to Photoshop the lines out of the image (they were a bit distracting before).

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  • Dimario Cancanon
    Oct 16, 2019 12:44

    The iridescence you captured is amazing! I think editing out the power lines was a great choice!

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  • Evan Blake
    Oct 16, 2019 12:43

    I love the scattering of the colors on the top cloud.

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  • Robert Drevno
    Oct 16, 2019 12:42

    Great iridescence capture on the underside of the cloud. The capture of the waves within the lenticular clouds is brilliant.

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  • Nick Scott
    Oct 16, 2019 12:42

    I like the green halo effect on the upper cloud, it gives the effect of being underwater almost.

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  • Mary Rahjes
    Oct 16, 2019 12:41

    When I look at this picture it makes me feel like I’m above the clouds and looking down at them, instead of looking up at them. The blue of the sky looks more like ocean-blue, which is very interesting.

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  • Blake Chin
    Oct 16, 2019 12:41

    I like the dark hue on the final image from the post-processing.

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  • William Mchugh
    Oct 16, 2019 12:41

    Cool picture, I like the coloring and inclusion of the ceilometer

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