Kelvin-Helmholtz Wave Clouds Over B’ham

| December 16, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

These images were sent in by a number of our readers/viewers at midday… the first shot below is from the Alabama Air National Guard facility at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport…

This one is from I-65…

Below is the view from one of the taller buildings in downtown Birmingham…

Another one from downtown…

Another image from an office in downtown Birmingham…

This video is from that same office building…

The video below is from the Red Mountain Expressway…

From the Cloud Appreciation Society… The breaking waveforms of Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds are the result of shearing winds up at cloud level. A particular type of turbulence can develop in a layer of cirrus cloud, which happens to form below an inversion between air currents of differing speeds and/or directions. Sea waves break as their bases are slowed down upon reaching shallow water and their crests surge ahead. Cloud waves break in the same way: when their crests are pushed ahead of their troughs by the difference in air currents.

If you want to peg the geek meter, see the wikipedia article here.

Just another reminder the weather around here is rarely “boring”….

Comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Tags:

Category: Alabama's Weather

About the Author ()

James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

Comments (47)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

Sites That Link to this Post

  1. Obviously, The Lord is With The Crimson Tide | The Site That Should Not Be | December 16, 2011
  2. Vemos olas por todos lados… | December 18, 2011
  3. BISON FUTÉ – Un tsunami de nuages dans le ciel d’Alabama | Big Browser | December 20, 2011
  4. Weak Winter (so far) « Greg's Weather Blog | December 29, 2011
  5. Surf dans les nuages « Physique de tous les jours | January 2, 2012
  6. Impresionantes olas de nubes sobre Birmingham | January 3, 2012
  7. Kelvin Helmholtz Clouds Hit the Headlines | The Cloud Appreciation Society | March 28, 2012
  8. Strange Tsunami Wave Clouds Over Birmingham, Alabama (Video) | mujeresdejuarez.org | May 30, 2015
  9. girls | October 9, 2015
  10. Strange Tsunami Wave Clouds Over Birmingham, Alabama (Video) | Cost-a24.info | March 3, 2016
  11. blackhawks jersey | October 1, 2016
  12. Tim Tebow Mets Jersey | October 2, 2016
  13. custom la kings jersey | October 3, 2016
  14. Addison Russell jersey | October 7, 2016
  15. buy fifa 17 coins | October 11, 2016
  16. huarache shop | December 9, 2016
  17. Chaussure Adidas Superstar 2 | December 9, 2016
  18. timberland montante | December 10, 2016
  19. nike air force 1 noir et blanc | December 10, 2016
  20. new balance amsterdam | December 13, 2016
  21. nike mercurial footballs | December 14, 2016
  22. prix jordan 6 | December 14, 2016
  23. superstar j w | December 14, 2016
  24. superstar femme blanche et grise | December 15, 2016
  25. air jordan vi retro | December 16, 2016
  26. air jordan 3 infrared 23 | December 17, 2016
  27. mercurial vapor ix pas cher | December 20, 2016
  28. adidas neo femme prix | December 20, 2016
  29. foot allemagne | December 20, 2016
  30. air max thea black white | December 21, 2016
  31. chaussures de foot enfant | December 21, 2016
  32. derrick rose 4.5 | December 21, 2016
  33. adidas tubular blanche | December 21, 2016
  34. adidas stan smith personnalisable | December 21, 2016
  35. zx flux running | December 22, 2016
  36. acheter nike air max 90 current huarache | December 22, 2016
  37. nike lebron purple | December 22, 2016
  38. adidas superstar femme citadium kulte | December 22, 2016
  39. nike zoom kobe ix | December 22, 2016
  40. chaussures football nike mercurial | December 23, 2016
  41. air max thea white | December 23, 2016
  42. kyrie 1 for sale mens | December 24, 2016
  43. nike free 2.0 shop | December 27, 2016
  44. adidas officiel | December 27, 2016
  45. huarache nike blanche | January 14, 2017
  46. Continue | March 7, 2017
  47. http://imagens.ga/ | March 8, 2017