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Bizarre weather clouds! Answered

I just came across this article  that I had to share.  I thought it was interesting.  We are supposed to have severe weather conditions here.  We had a thunder storm in December last night.  Weird. http://news.yahoo.com/giant-tsunami-shape-clouds-roll-across-alabama-sky-192102289.html . Sunshiine


also, look up mammatus clouds

WOW!!! I was in the Navy traveling for half world, and I didn't see ever clouds like these!!! AWESOME!!!

They are aren't they! You know when I was 15 years old my sister and I witnessed a thunder storm that was sooooooooo amazing and beautiful. The clouds were totally awesome. The colors and everything. She told me I would probably never ever see this again in my lifetime and so far I have never seen anything like it. This is awesome also but what we saw was just as amazing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and have a spectacular day! Sunshiine

I love thunderstorms - before I first moved to East Anglia, we came down to sort out Kitewife's new job and somewhere to live. It was a hot dry Summer, so I brought no coat.

While Kitewife was at work, I found myself on the top of a multistory carpark in a thunderstorm, watching the lightning striking the sea*. It was only after the storm that I realised that almost the highest point in town was the top of my rain-wet head...

*I have always wondered what happened to the fish.

I enjoyed reading your comment! So in your area do you have the opportunity to see very many thunderstorms? oooo and lightning striking the sea, never seen that before! I grew up where thunderstorms happen a lot but moved away after I got married. We lived in Washington State for quite a few years and I was surprised that they had very few thunderstorms. We did live there when Mt St. Helens blew. If I were a young man I might be a storm chaser! I find them very exciting but frightening at the same time. I love the magnificent cloud display and the firework show. The only part I don't like is if someone gets hurt. Oh yeah . . . . and the thunder rolling is totally awesome! Sometimes when storms approach we go out in the country to see the wonderful show. I am sure you recovered from your rain-wet head! LOL. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope your day is filled with many unexpected natural wonders! Sunshiine.

whoa. almost looks like photo trickery... never seen anything like this before. clouds look like waves. I wonder if those planes had anything to do with them?

It was on Yahoo news: Here is part of the article:

For a morning, the sky looked like a surfer's dream: A series of huge breaking waves lined the horizon in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday (Dec. 16), their crests surging forward in slow motion. Amazed Alabamans took photos of the clouds and sent them to their local weather station, wondering, "What are these tsunamis in the sky?"
Experts say the clouds were pristine examples of "Kelvin-Helmholtz waves." Whether seen in the sky or in the ocean, this type of turbulence always forms when a fast-moving layer of fluid slides on top of a slower, thicker layer, dragging its surface.
Water waves, for example, form when the layer of fluid above them (i.e., the air) is moving faster than the layer of fluid below (i.e., the water). When the difference between the wind and water speed increases to a certain point, the waves "break" — their crests lurch forward — and they take on the telltale Kelvin-Helmholtz shape. [ Astonishing Video Shows a Face in the Clouds ]