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A gigantic lenticular cloud originates over a French city

A gigantic lenticular cloud originates over a French city

Jan 152021

This rare meteorological phenomenon generally occurs in mountainous areas and in isolation from other clouds.

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This week, the inhabitants of Carcassonne, in southeastern France, witnessed a rare meteorological phenomenon known as a lenticular cloud.

At sunset on January 12, a gigantic and spectacular cloud formed in the sky, as if it were a flying saucer over the city, reports the local press.

 

This rare phenomenon usually occurs in mountainous areas and involves clouds that form in the troposphere, the lowest layer of the atmosphere. These static formations occur under three conditions: humid air, strong wind, and mountains.


 

 
 
 
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Lenticular clouds originate isolated from other clouds, when strong winds are blocked by the mountains and the air is pushed upward, creating a cloud mass.

"When the wind hits the relief, the air rises to surround the mountain. The cloud has this shape because it is molded and smoothed by the wind," explains meteorologist Serge Zaka.



 

 
 
 
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"What makes these clouds spectacular is that from the moment the sun falls on the horizon, it illuminates the background of these clouds, giving them an orange-red hue," adds the expert.
 

A gigantic lenticular cloud originates over a French city

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