Majestic Mount Rainier

Just had to sneak this in…

Shows why the majestic icon of the Pacific Northwest is famous for her lenticular clouds – and why we can all use a break from “serious” posts now and then:

Mt. Rainier puts on a show!

Created: Dec 5, 2008 at 4:36 PM PST

Story Updated: Dec 5, 2008 at 11:30 PM PST

By Scott Sistek

Our little dry streak is about to come to an end. But if you looked at Mt. Rainier today, you would have known that already.

Take a look at some of these incredible clouds captured over Mt. Rainier today. The one above was taken by Tim Thompson. The one below, by David Embrey:

Those are called “lenticular clouds”  They’re caused when the air flow is just right so when it flows over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward where it cools and condenses into clouds.  Depending on how smooth the flow is, you can get some amazing clouds formations as we’ve seen so far today.

Here is more information on what causes them from an earlier blog entry.

It’s usually a sign of rain within 24 hours because typically the moist flow that precedes a storm around here is the perfect set up for these clouds.

Here are some other ones submitted into YouNews (Feel free to submit your own!)

From YouNews contributor: Corgis4ever in Monroe:

User Samich:

“emcleod3” of Gig Harbor:

kazw37 from Orting:

And these two by “Fi-Bll-fe” in Fife:

And these next three are from Peter Murray of Vashon Island:

Next up: our celebration of Christmas.  No, really.  Scout’s honor.

One Response

  1. I like very much, those pictures of the clouds. I almost envy you. Good show.

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