Tag: Lenticular cloud

Morning photo: Building weather …

Summit County eyecandy

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Early evening light slants below an approaching storm to illuminate the Tenmile Range near Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO —A short set in honor the impending seasonal changes, often marked by the impressive build-up of wave and lenticular clouds over the highest terrain. Wave clouds form when the wind flow is perpendicular to the mountain fronts. The reason they often form in the autumn is because the prevailing wind pattern shifts as the westerlies start to dominate, putting the Front Range mountains and the Continental Divide into the weather cross hairs. These are all iPhone shots taken in the past two days around Summit County and Dillon Reservoir Continue reading “Morning photo: Building weather …”

Morning photo: Cloudscapes


A pileup of clouds over the Continental Divide.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, November delivered yet another unbelievable sunset, courtesy of a thick stack of lenticular clouds over the Continental Divide. The the thick cloud deck obscured the rising full moon, but it was worth it because you don’t get to see clouds like this every day. In fact, this is probably one of the top three coolest cloud formations I’ve seen in the past 25 years living in the mountain West, and I was glad I had time to zip up to a familiar vantage point on Lake Hill to watch the show. Continue reading “Morning photo: Cloudscapes”

Morning photo: October skies

Colors of autumn

A disintegrating wave cloud leads to a spectacular sunset over the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — The seasonal shift in weather patterns often leads to the formation of wave, or lenticular, clouds over the crest of the Rockies. The pattern is most common in autumn, but also occurs in winter and less frequently spring, when stable, fast-moving air flows over mountains or other barriers oriented perpendicular to the direction from which the upper-level wind is blowing. The formation of the clouds often leads to colorful sunsets and sunrises. While they look like they’re standing still, the clouds are constantly dissipating and reforming, with strong winds flowing through them. The clouds are often associated with strong turbulence, so even though they’re pleasing to photographers. pilots are not always happy to see them. Continue reading “Morning photo: October skies”

Morning photo: Brilliance

Color hunting

Structure in nature is evident in the growth of ice crystals on autumn leaves near the shore of Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — The day started with a pretty sweet sunset, with a thin wave cloud over the Continental Divide adding texture and color to the sky. A short dog walk near Heaton Bay yielded a fun shot of some morning frost, which seems to form fully just in the last few minutes before the sun hits the ground. And I also managed to get just a wee bit closer to the Clark’s grebes that have been feeding in the bay for the past week or so. The wave cloud lingered through sunset, book-ending the day with a brilliant sunset. Continue reading “Morning photo: Brilliance”

Morning photo: Frisco sunset

Short and sweet …

No kidding, this is really what it looked like last night about 4:30 p.m. looking from the Meadow Creek wetlands toward the Frisco skyline.

SUMMIT COUNTY — After a long day at the keyboard, I made it out for a walk with the dog at sunset. With some lenticular clouds stacked above Grays, Torreys and Grizzly Peak, I was hoping for some good sunset lighting, but I wasn’t sure, because the clouds in the western sky, above Mt. Royal and Wichita Peak were pretty thick. The eastern sky ended up staying pretty mellow, but all of a sudden, just before nightfall, the broken cumulus above the Gore and Tenmile Range lit up in a truly awesome blaze of purple and orange that ended almost as quickly as it started. The colors here are as they were captured by the camera, but I did use iPhoto’s post-processing to lighten up the foreground slightly and to sharpen the edges of the images. Continue reading “Morning photo: Frisco sunset”