Incredible Natural Cloud Formations

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The skies have showed lots of amazing wonders of Mother Nature – rare cloud formations, vivid rainbows, and other elemental phenomenon. But among all, the clouds have become the most popular source of fascination for people; not only because they come in a variety of colors, sizes, but also because they have incredible and stunning formations. Here are some:

Mammatus Clouds

The mammatus clouds derived its same for its resemblance to the mammaries or breast. They form immediately after a tornado, however, they are not considered a sign of a forming tornado. These clouds are often associated with the anvil clouds, the cirrus clouds, the volcanic ash clouds, as well as contrails. They are easily determined because of their bumpy and lumpy appearance.



Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular clouds are clouds that are shaped like discs. They are common in mountains and appear like they are nature’s version of a snug cap. Though they tend to form at higher altitudes, they may also appear out of nowhere.



Undulatus Asperatus

Fallstreak Hole

Polar Stratospheric Cloud

Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz



Roll Clouds

Anvil Clouds

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Apart from the clouds, there are other incredible phenomena happening in the sky. With the interplay of sunlight, temperature, and humid conditions, stunning artistic effects are created. Below are some examples:

Crepuscular Rays

Colorful Light and Sky Formations




Although the rainbow can be seen in almost everything, it has been used to symbolize a lot of things, from legends to sexuality. Others even believe that a pot of gold can be seen at the rainbow’s end.

Of course, rainbows are stunning. Also, they are easy to explain. When rays of light refract in molecules of water, a prismatic display of the color spectrum is created. It shows seven different colors, namely red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

Light Pillars

Light pillars are often confused with crespuscular rays, but they are just optical illusions, created by the reflection of light off a horizontal plane surface of ice crystals.

Aurora Borealis

The aurora borealis is a rare phenomenon that happens when temperamental physics and unusual air conditions combine. This actually happens in both northern and southern hemisphere. Its name is derived from the Latin word “Aurora”, which means light.

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