Waves in the sky: Rare wave-shaped clouds appear over a mountain in Virginia

  • The wave-shaped clouds are formed only “when conditions are just right”
  • It usually lasts for only 10 minutes
  • It is called Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds

On the other side of the world, a beautiful and rare scenery revealed itself.

It’s so perfect that at first glance, you’d mistake it as a painting or an edited photograph.

Image by Amy Christie Hunter via Facebook

A rare ocean wave-shaped cloud formation rolled over Virginia on June 19; proving that this kind of nature phenomenon is actually real and not just a product of artists’ imagination.   

Amy Christie Hunter captured the majestic view and posted it on Facebook; giving us, who are on the other side of the world, a chance to at least see it on photograph.

“Very cool clouds rolling over the mountain tops at Smith Mountain Lake this evening. They are called Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds,” Hunter said.

“I sent the photo to our local news station and the meteorologist replied to me saying they are very rare and usually not this defined,” she added.

Image by Amy Christie Hunter via Facebook

According to a report, the natural phenomenon rarely form on windy days but “when conditions are just right,” it occurs. It’s like a perfect view on a perfect day!

It was further disclosed that in order for the Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds to be formed, the temperature and humidity had to be just right.

The striking cloud formation, however, usually last for only about 10 minutes, another report said. The rare cloud formation is common near mountain ranges due to the “stratified arc above them.”

But they can also be formed anywhere with the right conditions, it added.

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Facebook, CNN