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Alien Cloud Alert! This Stunning Picture Of Asperitas Clouds In New Zealand Is Causing A Stir Online

August 21, 2018 15:16

It looks like one of those scenes in a blockbuster movie when a mutant with the ability to control the weather cooks up the mother of all storms. In reality, this is just one fantastic picture of Asperitas clouds taken by a Reddit user and shared yesterday.

🔥 Sunlight hitting these Asperitas clouds from the sides over Canterbury,New Zealand 🔥 from r/NatureIsFuckingLit

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What makes this particular picture more interesting is the reddish tint of the clouds, caused by the sun hitting them at just the right angle. For many people, who are not used to seeing clouds this dramatic, it can be quite frightening. Bring on the apocalypse!

Cloud formations vary in appearance, depending on the weather conditions at the time. While some may seem familiar (ever spotted a unicorn or an elephant?), others, like the one above, can be quite baffling.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney, a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, popularized Asperitas clouds (formerly called ‘Undulatus Asperatus’). It was officially added to the International Cloud Atlas in March 2017.

Well-defined, wave-like structures in the underside of the cloud; more chaotic and with less horizontal organization than the variety undulatus. Asperitas is characterized by localized waves in the cloud base, either smooth or dappled with smaller features, sometimes descending into sharp points, as if viewing a roughened sea surface from below. Varying levels of illumination and thickness of the cloud can lead to dramatic visual effects.

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Since 1951, this is the first time that a new cloud formation has been included in the atlas, the last being cirrus intortus.

Some Twitter users have shared their own thoughts about the cloud formation, some kicking the ball way out of the park. if you are in New Zealand you can rest easy. It's not the end of the world. Or is it?

Have you seen any mysterious looking cloud formation lately? There are chances that you may discover an entirely new cloud formation. And if you are lucky, you could even get to name it.

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