Image: Luca Galuzzi
We’re not sure which is more stunning in this picture – the lenticular cloud formations, or Salar de Talar, a salt flat near San Pedro de Atacama in Chile
In fact, major current world records for gliding were both achieved with the help of the wave lift provided by lenticular clouds. The gliding record for distance is currently 1,864 miles (3,000 km), while that for altitude is 50,721 feet (15,460 m). Whoa – way to go, and way to fly high!
Image: Ed Post
As if the burning pink UFO-like clouds weren’t enough, the barren rocks of the Alabama Hills in Inyo County, CA help this scene look truly alien.
Although we could happily do this all day, our tour of lenticular clouds has to end sometime – so we thought we’d leave you on a high! If you’d like to see formations such as these for yourself, just remember that altocumulus lenticular clouds usually form during daytime when winds are strongest at lenticular-friendly altitudes. Just stake out a suitable mountain and you should be all set. Beats TV any day, doesn’t it?