Lenticular

I’ve been hoping to catch a lenticular cloud over Humbug Mountain and today was the closest I’ve come to one. There it was Humbug wearing a white cap on its peak. What amazed me was how quickly it formed, dissipated and formed again. Pity the mist or fog was a bit thick for a clear shot.

Word of the day: Lenticular- lens shaped.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell, lenticular clouds are formed when air moves over mountains, cooling sufficiently for condensation to take place. Lenticular clouds are different from other clouds because they don’t move, he said.

“They are continually reformed over the same location by new air rising up and over a mountain, condensing and producing the clouds,” Ferrell said.

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People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle. 
― Thich Nhat Hanh

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31 thoughts on “Lenticular

  1. Excellent quote, Gunta! We see lenticular clouds once in a great while on Rainier. The other day when it was sunny, the entire mountain was out, totally covered in snow, with a long fringe of fluffy clouds at the very bottom. I couldn’t help thinking what good day it would have been to drive up the mountain, and pass through the clouds. Here’s to more mountains and clouds!

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    • I vaguely remember something about incoming storms creating lenticular clouds. I don’t have those high lofty peaks like Rainier or Hood close enough to watch for the moments these clouds form, but I settle for what I have and Humbug came through and hopefully will do it again! I still can’t quite believe my great, good luck at landing in a spot where I have a chance to witness it.

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  2. Humbug towers above most of the other headland along the coast. No wonder that you watch it for Lenticular clouds, Gunta. Mt. Shasta is noted for some beauties, but I have never seen one on my many trips up and down I-5. –Curt

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    • I bet Mt Shasta would have some spectacular clouds indeed, but there’s that matter of timing. I figured my chances were a bit better with Humbug since I drive from Gold Beach to points north quite often. Certainly not a drive to sneer at by any means.

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        • Can’t ever sneer at a drive along the coast. That being said, we were doing a LOT of running up and down that stretch from Coos Bay (or Coos Bend as we refer to it) while we worked on the house for most of 2017. Now that the dust seems to be settling, the plan is to head to the SW. I need some desert to offset the ocean. You and Peggy are definitely kindred spirits with that same urge to travel and explore and then to settle back into this amazing part of the country we live in.

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          • When you were commuting back and forth to Coos Bay, did you make it over to Sunset Bay and Shore Acres State Parks? Peggy and I really like them.
            Laughing about the desert. The stark beauty, geology, and Native American history always appeal to us. –Curt

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            • Lived close enough to visit Sunset Bay and Shore Acres and Cape Arago with the barking sea lions quite often. It’s a great area for sure. Have you seen the Christmas Light display at Shore Acres? That gets unreal and they add so many more lights each year, it’s almost getting out of hand. 😉 My other favorite visit to Shore Acres was during incoming storms when the waves would crash against the rocks in one spot, sending surf at least a hundred feet into the air. That’s an iconic image for the park and lots of fun to catch it in real life.

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    • Aren’t they just amazing? I never knew there was such a thing until some spectacular clouds showed up at the tip of Mt Hood some years ago. It was the age of the smart phone and pictures of the clouds showed up all over the place. I had to go digging and find out how or why they formed and thus started my quest to find them. I suspected that our Humbug Mountain might be a possible location and it’s a place I drive by frequently, so….. my first encounter was created.

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  3. What a fascinating cloud formation. I’ve never heard of it before.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Nice quote by Thay too – think I’ll keep that one in my Buddhist quote file.

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    • Awww, thanks Jane! I’m a bit green with envy here! Lenticular clouds in Patagonia no less! 😊
      Coincidentally I just happen to be reading about how Tompkins and Chouinard created all those parks in “Eco Barons” by Edward Humes. Nice to focus on some good things happening for a change!

      Wishing you all the very best for the coming year! 🕊

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