The Living Force
And last, sorry for the multiple post. To big of a file.
Looking at the pictures below you will probably understand why Undulatus asperatus certainly one of the most out-of-this-world cloud formation is!
These pictures are indeed more than insane!
As if the cloud vortex wanted to swallow up that house. via VK.com
A furious ocean in the sky of Oklahoma. via VK.com
Joe said:If you haven't done so, you should check out this article by Laura (July 16, 2003)
So, what is it? First off thanks to Jamie and Reagan Smith for sharing their video and images, captured yesterday in Ashville in St. Clair County (at I-59 and US-231).
Here are the leading ideas...
*Crown flash. Very rare, and not much is known about the phenomena.
*Sprite. Some kind of odd, low altitude, daylight version of a sprite.
*Pileus. An odd variation of a pileus cap, found atop some thunderstorms.
Bottom line is that there is no clear answer. A reminder in meteorology, there is still much to learn about our atmosphere
I saw an interesting photograph (and close-up) on a FB group about the Electric Universe Theory, and there was some speculation about what type of phenomena it was. Taken August 9th in Ashville in St. Clair County.
is a rarely observed weather phenomenon involving "The brightening of a thunderhead crown followed by the appearance of aurora-like streamers emanating into the clear atmosphere". The current hypothesis for why the phenomenon occurs is that sunlight is reflecting off or refracting through tiny ice crystals above the crown of a cumulonimbus cloud. These ice crystals are aligned by the strong electro-magnetic effects around the cloud, so the effect may appear as a tall streamer, pillar of light, or resemble a massive flash of a searchlight / flashlight beam through the clouds. When the electro-magnetic field is disturbed by electrical charging or discharging (typically, lightning flashes) within the cloud, the ice crystals are re-orientated causing the light pattern to shift, at times very rapidly and appearing to 'dance' in a strikingly mechanical fashion. The effect may also sometimes be known as a "leaping sundog". As with sundogs, the observer would have to be in a specific position to see the effect, which is not a self-generated light such as seen in a lightning strike or aurora, but rather a changing reflection/refraction of the sunlight.