Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Have you Ever seen a 'Cloud Tsunami' ?

The amazing shot captured from a helicopter in Panama City, Florida. The pictures of the unusual weather phenomenon are stunning.
Cool air offshore was very nearly at the saturation point, with a temperature near 20ºC and a dew point of about 19.5ºC. The air at this temperature can only hold a certain amount of water vapor, and how much it can hold depends heavily on the temperature. If you add more water into the air, a cloud will form, but you can also get a cloud to form by cooling the air. Drop the temperature, and it can no long hold as much water vapor, so some of it will condense out and a cloud will form.

Photos by JR Hott / Panhandle Helicopter

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