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Sweet Sierra Wave

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Comments (6)

Karolina P. on April 25, 2007

wow! Amazing clouds!! I have never seen that kind of clouds

Jeff Sullivan on April 25, 2007

The Sweetwater Range is a small but formidable collection of peaks in Mono County, California that rises to over 13,000 feet. When the conditions are just right, moist air rising to pass over them condenses and forms a "Sierra Wave" cloud over their crest. The air warms as it descends on the far side, so the cloud only forms as a "hat" on top of the mountains.

steandeb on June 22, 2007

it looks like a 'close encounters' is about to happen jeff. great explanation .

palou38 on October 15, 2007

ce sont des "nuages lenticulaires"

anamarijah on August 17, 2008


Suivez la Piste on December 4, 2009

Exactly, a lenticular cloud. We see the same over the rockies from time to time. I am enjoying your photos Jeff.

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Jeff Sullivan
Gardnerville, Nevada

Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 19, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jeff Sullivan
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot G5
    • Taken on 2004/12/28 17:49:41
    • Exposure: 0.050s (1/20)
    • Focal Length: 28.81mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash