Land of the Long Wavy Cloud

Carl Gadsby via Metservice

Can’t say I’ve seen those before.

Rolling in the sky and breaking like waves in the sea, these clouds photographed over Palmerston North are simply beautiful.

But the scientific explanation for them is anything but simple…

“It occurs when the change in wind across the boundary between two fluids is so much that steady simple ‘laminar’ flow breaks down and becomes turbulent, and the two fluids mix, with regularly spaced eddies,” MetService writes.

If you like the full explanation, you can get it at MetService here.

Have you see these before?

 

– Stuff, Metservice, Carl Gadsby

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