Unusual Clouds at sunset

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Unusual Clouds at sunset

Postby Pete » Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:03 pm

Well I took this yesterday evening as the sunset occured. I think its either virga or downdrafts.

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Re: Unusual Clouds at sunset

Postby Tasman » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:07 pm

Wow ...impressive!! :o

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Re: Unusual Clouds at sunset

Postby Fu Manchu » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:25 pm

Lert will have an idea on cloud type :)

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Re: Unusual Clouds at sunset

Postby silvercloud » Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:32 pm

That looks awesome Pete.

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Re: Unusual Clouds at sunset

Postby Pete » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:09 pm

Thanks guys :D Most of the clouds were mid-level based, but it could of been cirrus.

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Re: Unusual Clouds at sunset

Postby Pete » Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:12 am

Looks like the cloud type was altocumulus virga.
Virga can produce dramatic and beautiful scenes, especially during a red sunset. The red light can be caught by the streamers of falling precipitation, and winds may push the bottom ends of the virga so it falls at an angle, making the clouds appear to have commas attached.

The word virga is derived from Latin, twig or branch. A backronym sometimes found in amateur discussions of meteorology is "Variable Intensity Rain Gradient Aloft."

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Re: Unusual Clouds at sunset

Postby Lert » Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:43 pm

I think you are correct. I like the last sentence of the quote :) Jargon gone mad..
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