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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default The Sky is the limit -- contrails

We were driving down the Oregon coast on Highway 101 a couple years ago when I spotted this most unusual cloud formation. I don't think this is jet contrails but if not, I have no idea what caused this formation.



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Old Dec 5, 2012, 1:24 PM   #2
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Cal, that is really great. I would be tempted to send the picture to a local meteorologist and ask. There seems to be several different types of clouds in your image.
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very nice
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Great picture.
My best guess is that they are altocumulus (Mid level) clouds aligning themselves with the jet stream. As they recede into the distance you are getting a perspective effect causing them to converge at the horizon above the fog.

Love the picture whatever the reason Cal.

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Those are mighty interesting clouds. Great submission
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Interesting to see the high clouds with blue skies, balanced by the water and low fog bank. Good photo.

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Steve is correct - what meteorologists call "altocumulus in rolls," resulting from wind shear at the interface between two layers of air. Here is Noaa's definition:

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/educati...tic/sky3_9.htm

Nice shot, too.
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It really is a fascinating shot, don't think I've ever seen clouds like that.
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That is really awesome!
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