Mount Washington West Lenticular


This is a view of the west side of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range in New Hampshire. Prominent lenticular clouds are seen above the mountains. From the Mount Washington Observatory:

The lenticular cloud, also known (elevation depending) as stratocumulus, altocumulus, or cirrocumulus lenticularis, often forms around obstructions in the atmosphere, especially mountain ranges. As stable, moist air flows over a boundary (such as the White Mountains), the protrusion of the boundary causes turbulence. Waves caused by these disturbances, will form lenticular clouds if the temperature and dew point are equal at the apex of the wave. These clouds are so bizarre that they may be a reason for some UFO reports by uninformed onlookers near mountain ranges.


  • Canon 5D Mark II with 24-105mm f/4 IS USM lens.
  • 3 photos at 50mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 100.
  • 3 RAW files merged together using Photoshop.


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