Rare Cloud Formation Seen In Antarctica

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  1. [.BC.] bsk84091

    [.BC.] bsk84091 Well-Known Member

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    Pictures are here

    HOBART, Australia - Some of the coldest temperatures on Earth brought a rare cloud formation to the skies over Antarctica, scientists said Tuesday.

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    Meteorological officer Renae Baker captured spectacular images of the nacreous clouds, also known as polar stratospheric clouds, last week at Australia's Mawson station in Antarctica.

    The clouds only occur at high polar latitudes in winter, requiring temperatures less than minus 176 degrees Fahrenheit. A weather balloon measured temperatures at minus 189 degrees Fahrenheit on the day the photos were taken.

    Resembling airborne mother-of-pearl shells, the clouds are produced when fading light at sunset passes through water-ice crystals blown along a strong jet of stratospheric air more than six miles above the ground.

    "Amazingly, the winds at this height were blowing at nearly 230 kilometers (143 miles) per hour," Baker said on the Australian government's Antarctic Division's Web site.

    Australian Antarctic Division atmospheric scientist Andrew Klekociuk said the clouds are seldom seen, but are occasionally produced by air passing over polar mountains.

    "You have to be in the right part of the world in winter, and have the sun just below your horizon to see them," he said.

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    All information was found here and theres a pic too

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    how insane can this be
     
  2. TripleX

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    That looks really cool, going to read about it now. ;)


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  3. YoungGunna22

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    photoshoped?
     
  4. zero2000

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    Hmm thats pretty cool.
     
  5. Ninjonics

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    Those clouds look cool, but I'm too lazy to read about them right now :P.
     
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    that's very interesting,i heard about something like that before,on australia again.
    i'm wondering what causes the wind to create them,it must a zone-thing where wind gets different.
     
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    its on yahoo, thats a credible source...
     
  8. Undertow

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    very interesting
    i wouldnt mind seeing those for myself
     
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    never seen that before
     
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    cool sky
     
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  12. [.BC.] bsk84091

    [.BC.] bsk84091 Well-Known Member

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    yea it cought my eye i was like woah thats awsome
     
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    thats crazy
     
  14. Charlie S

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    Those are really interesting, it doesn't even look real.
     
  15. ~POetIKal~

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    but yet, they are lol
     

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