New Year’s Day clouds over El Paso

These are called lenticular clouds. They usually – but not always – form where stable moist air flows over a mountain or range of mountains. They can form rapidly and then disappear again just as fast.

4 flat circular clouds in a line

Patricia Lea wrote: “Happy New Year’s from El Paso, Texas. Friend walking to a restaurant and spotted these lenticular clouds. Enjoy.” Thanks, Patricia and friend!

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