Image: Barbara Snow
Southern California’s Colorado Desert: The Perfect place for a UFO sighting!
As is particularly obvious in this photograph, lenticular clouds frequently display two or even more layers, and this tendency, together with the clouds’ smooth and flat appearance, has meant they’re often likened to a stack of pancakes. You’d need a lot of syrup for this stack though…
It’s worth noting that the main scientific name for lenticular clouds is Altocumulus lenticularis, which refers to their appearance – lenticularis meaning ‘lens-shaped’. More colloquially, these clouds are called ‘lennies’. And, when a chain of lenticular clouds appears, each one mounted on the crest of the previous cloud, it creates a formation known as a ‘wave cloud’.