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Iridescent Wave Cloud Corona Formations
Credit & Copyright: Dr. Bruce G.
Explanation: The sky is on fire! Mouse over this week's photo to see a color-enhanced version of this unusual atmospheric phenomenon. What is happening here?
This is wonderful example of altocumulus clouds diffracting sunlight into its component spectral frequencies (rainbow colors, in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum), forming a cloud corona.
The clouds themselves are unusual, in that they are wave clouds, which sometimes form from stable air flowing over a mountain range. But we are in the heart of the pancake-flat Masai Mara grassland ecosystem of southern Kenya, which adjoins the even more vast Serengeti National Park of Tanzania to the south. These wave clouds likely formed differently, from minor atmospheric disturbance on a stable cloud layer.
Next week's picture: Spring Spiderlily in the Bayou
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