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Rare wave-shaped clouds roll over Virginia

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A rare formation of clouds wowed onlookers at Virginia's...

Posted: Jun 20, 2019 9:00 AM

A rare formation of clouds wowed onlookers at Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake on Tuesday.

The photo shared on social media captured clouds that look like ocean waves in the sky. These clouds rarely form on windy and unstable days, but when conditions are just right, the natural phenomenon, known as Kelvin-Helmholtz Waves, occurs.

The National Weather Service defines it as "vertical waves in the air associated with wind shear across statically-stable regions."

"They can appear as breaking waves and as braided patterns in radar images and cloud photos," the NWS says.

In other words, different layers of the atmosphere have differing wind speeds, creating the appearance of rolling waves. If the temperature and humidity are just right, it can produce these striking clouds.

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West Lafayette
Scattered Clouds
56° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 56°
Kokomo
Overcast
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Hi: 52° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 51°
Rensselaer
Clear
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Hi: 52° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 50°
Fowler
Clear
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Hi: 53° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 50°
Williamsport
Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 55°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
51° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 51°
Frankfort
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 54°
Delphi
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 52°
Monticello
Clear
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Hi: 53° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 52°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
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Hi: 51° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 54°
Clearing & colder with patchy fog tonight to early Thursday morning.
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