Laminar Night

Laminar Night

Marvelously stacked shelves of clouds glow from within thanks to a  frequent and generous dosage of in-cloud lightning, in this short time exposure.  Wild and otherworldly in appearance, this crazy-looking formation has a sane physical explanation.  The laminar, plate-like appearance arose from layers of moist, stable air forced upward by strong lifting along and above the storm’s cool pool of outflow.  Regardless of the rational reason for its eerie appearance,  the cloud feature certainly struck me with amazement and appreciative wonder as I observed and photographed its trek eastward across the northern sky.

6 W Little Axe OK (15 Jul 16) Looking NNW
35.23, -97.3016

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