Lenticular cloud near Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA

Lenticular cloud near Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA

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Caption: Lenticular cloud. View of a single lenticular cloud, named for its smooth lens-like shape. These clouds are produced when moist air ascends over a mountain, and air waves form on the lee side of the mountain. As the wind rises and moisture is present in the air lenticular clouds rise up. If alternate layers of moist and dry air are present, the clouds form into a stack. Photographed between the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, Hawaii.

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Keywords: climate, cloud, cloud forms, cloud types, clouds, hawai'i, hawaii, lenticular, lenticular cloud, mauna kea, mauna loa, meteorology, mountain, orographic cloud, weather

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