Lenticular Clouds Over Salar Aguas Calientes, Chile

June 16, 2016

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June 2016 Viewer's ChoicePhotographer: Yuri Beletsky
Summary Author: Yuri Beletsky
These spectacular lenticular clouds were observed over Northern Chile, near Salar Aguas Calientes. They're illuminated here by the setting Sun. This was one of the most incredible scenes I've ever witnessed! When we arrived at the lake in the foreground, the wind was so strong (more than 55 mph or 88.5 kmph) that we had trouble just walking around. The strong airflow and available moisture in the wave crests over the mountains in the background allowed lenticular clouds to stack on top of each other. Orographic wave clouds were forming all afternoon, but it was the setting Sun that made the sky come alive, leaving us speechless. Photo taken on May 25, 2016.