It’s Not a UFO, But What Is It?

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It’s not a UFO.  These clouds that look like flying saucers are called Lenticular Clouds. They are almost always seen above mountains and form when stable moist air is lifted over the peak and condenses into a lens shape that looks like a UFO. This picture was taken by NBCLA’s own Kim Baldonado in Palm Springs, Calif., on Saturday. 

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Mt. Rainer in Washington sees these unique clouds quiet often.

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This is simply gorgeous!  This was over the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico.  When they are lined up like this it is called lenticular wave clouds. (Photo by Geraint Smith )

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This is from Lord Howe Island, a volcanic remnant, in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.  (Photo by Jan Whiteman)

 

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