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Mt. Rainier puts on a show!

Mt. Rainier puts on a show!
Photo of lenticular clouds over Mt. Rainier on Dec. 5, 2008. (Photo courtesy: Tim Thompson)

Our little dry streak is about to come to an end. But if you looked at Mt. Rainier today, you would have known that already.

Take a look at some of these incredible clouds captured over Mt. Rainier today. The one above was taken by Tim Thompson.

You can now download a full-resolution version at this link for personal use only.

 The one below, by David Embrey:

Those are called "lenticular clouds"  They're caused when the air flow is just right so when it flows over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward where it cools and condenses into clouds.  Depending on how smooth the flow is, you can get some amazing clouds formations as we've seen so far today.  Here is more information on what causes them from an earlier blog entry.

It's usually a sign of rain within 24 hours because typically the moist flow that precedes a storm around here is the perfect set up for these clouds.

Here are some other ones submitted into YouNews (Feel free to submit your own!)

New one from Reid Wolcott: (Download full version here -- as long as you use it for personal use and don't sell it or use it for commercial purposes.)

From YouNews contributor: Corgis4ever in Monroe:

Orca86 from Orting:

User Samich:

"emcleod3" of Gig Harbor:

kazw37 from Orting:

And these two by "Fi-Bll-fe" in Fife:


And these next three are from Peter Murray of Vashon Island:

And finally, one by user "knitterbread"