Lenticular cloud over Central Otago

Lenticular cloud is common when the wind is right over Central Otago, and we get a few on the coast as well. And they can occur around the country. Some of them look a bit like one might imagine to be a flying saucer.

They form when westerlies blow over the mountains.

This one is sort of typical (they vary a lot).

But this stack of venticular cloud photographed by an airline pilot is way out of the ordinary.

But this from last year is also pretty cool:

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  1. It looks like a relation of the aurora borealis.


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