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Amazing lenticular clouds -- from the other side

Amazing lenticular clouds -- from the other side
Photo Copyright: Steph Abegg

My weather blog has had an affinity for showcasing lenticular clouds around the Northwest -- easy to do when Mt. Rainier is a lenticular magnet. But here is something new: Views of lenticulars from above the clouds!

Local photographer Steph Abegg had her camera ready as her friend flew her over Mt. Baker on May 24, and what a reward for doing so!

She captured several photographs of lenticular clouds forming over the volcano. I've posted a few of them below to enjoy.

The cloud is formed when warm, moist air runs into the surface of the mountain. The mountain's topography forces the air upward, which cools and condenses the air -- turning it into a cloud.

As the air sinks back on the other side of the mountain, it dries out and the cloud dissipates. That's why it just hangs over the summit area.

Although it looks like it is "hanging" over the mountain, air is continually flowing over the summit.