Image: Ken Smith
Pink-tinged lenticular clouds over Mt. Rainier in Washington State
If you’re lucky, you may have already seen the stunning meteorological phenomenon we’re about to explore today. Yet, while lenticular clouds are a rare spectacle for many people, if the conditions are right, it’s not impossible to catch sight of them – and better still, to capture them on camera! Lenticular clouds are quite different from mammatus clouds, featured previously here on Environmental Graffiti, but they’re just as peculiar in shape. In fact, their appearance is so distinctive that to human eyes they are often mistaken as close encounters of the third kind – and looking at these 20 amazing images, we can see why!