Sierra Wave Clouds

January 08, 2014

Lenticular clouds Mono Lake

Photographer: John Kupersmith
Summary Author: John Kupersmith

These saucer-like lenticular clouds over Mono Lake, California, were part of a Sierra Wave formation, caused by strong westerly winds coming over the Sierra Nevada range (off camera to right). They were triggered by the passage of a northwest-southeast moving cold front that rapidly increased the flow of air above the crests of the southern Sierra's. This type of flow often results in eye-catching altocumulus lenticularis clouds to the lee of the crests. Photo taken on November 7, 2013.

Photo details: Camera Maker: SONY; Camera Model: DSC-RX100M2; Lens: 10.4-37.1 mm f/1.8-4.9; Focal Length: 16.39mm (35mm equivalent: 44mm); Aperture: f/8.0; Exposure Time: 0.0010 s (1/1000); ISO equiv: 160; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 (Macintosh).