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A tidal wave of cotton filling? Some ghostly aerodynamics? A photo of mysterious cloud formations in Panama City Beach, Florida, has the weather world buzzing.
Pilot JR Hott of Panhandle Helicopters snapped the spectacular shot, which shows low-lying clouds streaming ominously over high-rise buildings standing sentinel against the Gulf of Mexico.
The retired Navy diver, who has owned Panhandle for three and a half years, said he had no idea when he snapped the photo it would demand worldwide attention from the likes of CNN.
"I took and I thought it was really cool, so I put it on Facebook," Hott said, attributing the phenomenon to orographic lift -- something usually seen with fog on mountains. "We see it a few times a year, and it can happen in a minute." According to the Weather Channel's Dr. Greg Forbes, it's just a matter of, well, weather.
Originally posted by gemineye
reply to post by 1AnunnakiBastard
I'm not sure what would cause it either, but I nearly had a heart attack when I first saw the pic, lol! I have a major fear of tsunamis and this looked like the mother of em all, at first glance! Was glad to see it isn't water!!!
Originally posted by Chefspicy
obviously what they are saying is true a weather system cold air condensing as it blows over the hott land! buildings act as a barricade as it blows into land! pretty cool, what man made structures can interfere with nature