Sierra Wave Cloud

Sierra Wave Cloud

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A large Sierra Wave cloud, also known as Altocumulus lenticularis, hangs above Round Valley and Mount Tom at sunset. These persistent lens-shaped clouds form downwind of mountains worldwide, but the Eastern Sierra is famous for them, hence the local name. Lenticular clouds form as strong west winds are forced up the moderate western slopes of the Sierra. The air then dives down the steep east slope, and rises again in a series of wave peaks and troughs that stretch eastward. Winds rush through the clouds at 50 to 100 mph, carrying water vapor that condenses at the front edge, then sinks and evaporates at the cloud’s back edge. They hang in the sky like a standing wave downstream of a boulder. I’ve been fortunate to witness many of these formations since living in the Eastern Sierra since 1994, but this was one from November 2011, was one of the best.

This photo works well as either a canvas or metal print.


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Prints take 15-20 days to process, then will be shipped.

Please contact me for custom sizes, display options, or any other questions. Thank you!


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