Lake Tahoe Wave Clouds

September 21, 2007


Provided by: Bryan Hightower
Summary authors & editors: Bryan Hightower, Jim Foster

These breathtaking wave clouds were observed near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in the early spring of this year. I took the photo from a meadow next to Lakeside Inn Casino in Stateline, Nevada. In one form or another, these splendid wave clouds were visible for three days. Orographic stratiform clouds sometimes form when moist but stable air is uplifted over mountainous terrain such as the Sierra Nevada range. See also the for April 24, 2007.