Lenticular cloud over Sandstone Bridge, USA

Lenticular cloud over Sandstone Bridge, USA

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Caption: Lenticular cloud. Fish-eye view of a lenticular cloud (altocumulus lenticularis) over Sandstone Bridge, Alabama Hills, California, USA, at sunset. A lenticular cloud gets its name from its smooth, lens-like shape. When wind blows across mountains it tends to cause waves on the mountain's lee side. Lenticular clouds form when moisture in the air condenses at the top of these waves. If the mountain has a regular shape and the wind blows at a constant speed, the cloud pattern will be stable, have a regular shape, and remain virtually stationary in the sky for long periods. The Sandstone Bridge is a natural arch formed by weather erosion.

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