Image: Lawrence Hearn
The clouds float gently by, their tops fluffy like cotton candy; yet from their undersides hang long, wispy tendrils, giving them the appearance of jellyfish drifting in a sky-blue sea. There’s nothing strange about seeing shapes in clouds – whether animals and plants or magical creatures – but these giant jellyfish are not figments of your imagination; they’re meteorological wonders known as virga.
Different conditions can create other equally extraordinary cloud formations, such as lenticular clouds, hole punch clouds and mammatus clouds. Right now, though, we’re rather fond of these virga phenomena.