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Mount Redentore

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In this absolutely fabulous image, taken by Alessio Andreani, the moon can be seen rising over the snow-capped peaks of Mount Redentore, a member of the Aurunci Mountains in South Pontino, Italy.

 

Also pictured just above the landscape of the full moon is a tornado-like formation of a lenticular cloud (or altocumulus lenticularis), still tinted pink from the fleeting sunset.

 

These rare clouds, which are typically seen at high-altitudes (particularly above mountains or hills) are formed by high winds and air moisture. When the conditions are right, a current of moisture may become forced upwards over an angle, where the moisture will condense to form a lenticular cloud, which can take different shapes and forms.

 

– Jaime

 

Have any of you ever seen one before?

 

For Further Reading:

 

Here are a few more images of lenticular clouds over Mount Rainier in Washington State National Park:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120081/Lenticular-clouds-Photographer-captures-corkscrew-formations-Washingtons-Mount-Rainier-National-Park.html#axzz2JgeybSN1

 

and a time-lapse image of these clouds in motion:

http://youtu.be/uPW1vpBgHEo

 

You can see more images of Alessio Andreani’s work here:

http://www.earthshots.org/2013/01/pink-moonrise-by-alessio-andreani/

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