NASA: Roll Cloud off Coast of Brazil

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posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 03:29 PM
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Roll Clouds, or Arcus clouds are another amazing bit of nature:



The photo above showing a sinister looking roll cloud was taken aboard ship while en route from Paranagua, Brazil to Montevideo, Uruguay. A cloud feature like this isn't something you would want to run into on the open sea or on a crowded highway, but roll clouds (arcus cloud) aren't necessarily a presage of severe weather. They most often form along the leading edge of a mature thunderstorm in the relatively cool air associated with the storm's downdraft; however, they're detached from the storm itself and may be seen to roll or tumble along their horizontal axis. Photo taken on February 6, 2012.

NASA link

There are two types of arcus clouds, roll clouds and shelf clouds:



The main difference between roll clouds and shelf clouds (both are called arcus clouds) is that a roll cloud is detached from the parent thunderstorm, whereas a shelf cloud is affixed to the base of a cumulonimbus cloud.

nasa

I've always though clouds were amazing, I'm working on a stop motion video of them amongst many other things... here is someone else's that shows them literally rolling like a wave:


Some they don't even understand:

wired




Some more roll cloud/arcus clous pics and videos:

nasa

telegraph.co.uk








blogto.com

Russel White

Dan Bush

Susan Mace






wikipedia





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posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 03:33 PM
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Very cool post. Love the pics and videos. This kind of weather phenomenon is really interesting to learn about.


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posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 03:57 PM
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Wow, look at the size of those chemtrails.












...kidding.

S&F



posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 03:59 PM
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Just beautiful!

Thanks for bringing such beauty to light. I have never seen a roll cloud myself but I look for them in the sky!

I didn't even know they existed until a few weeks ago.



posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 09:52 PM
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aahahaha


But nice thread OP. I love watching thunderstorm fronts roll in, they're so pretty



posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 10:47 PM
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These clouds are so ominous looking...
This is the best collection I have ever seen!
Good work!

I have one to add:

www.dailymail.co.uk


Rob Sharrock snapped up his Nikon D300 and dashed out to capture this monstrous
roll cloud which seems to go on forever.

Mr Sharrock , from Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, lives in the house
with the awning to the left of the frame.




posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 10:59 PM
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UFO flying in the blogto picture. The one with all the cranes.

No really silver disk in front of the cloud.
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posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 11:35 PM
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Originally posted by Shadowalker
UFO flying in the blogto picture. The one with all the cranes.

No really silver disk in front of the cloud.
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cool beans


feel free to go post it over in the UFO forum, you'll probably get lots of stars, let's keep this thread on topic, thanks!

Here's another roll cloud for those following the thread:

Barry Slade



posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 11:36 PM
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i had to scroll up and double check but i see what your talking about, interesting, to say the least it looks like an old school UFO. lol. any one have the ability to zoom and and check it out i imagine its just an "image artifact"



posted on Mar, 5 2012 @ 11:41 PM
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Beautiful!

It seems quite a lot of these happen in Australia.

Here in the USA I've seen lots of shelf clouds but no roll clouds:

zmescience.com
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posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 12:37 AM
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Star and Flag for you OP. Beautiful pics



posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 12:53 AM
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Have these types of clouds always been around or are they becoming more common I wonder. I have never seen one. they seem so unnatural. I bet they are scary when seen in person.



posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 12:59 AM
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Originally posted by boncho
Wow, look at the size of those chemtrails.





...kidding.

S&F


I've seen these clouds called chemtrails, this video in particular...



Originally posted by crimsongod21
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i had to scroll up and double check but i see what your talking about, interesting, to say the least it looks like an old school UFO. lol. any one have the ability to zoom and and check it out i imagine its just an "image artifact"


Sometimes photo artifacts are just aftifacts... I have a thread on this topic: my lens flare thread

Please stay on topic of arcus roll and shelf clouds... thank you!

Here's an on topic video with lots of pictures:



posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 02:24 AM
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Wow DooD! Amazing post. I loved the images.



posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 04:24 AM
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They're amazing! My first thought would be "how big was the plane that made those trails!?!" Haha.



posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 04:58 AM
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I'm from Australia and I've seen quite a few... None that looked as spectacular as the above though. I love natures random beauty. Next time I might snap a few shots, if their good enough I might upload


Thanks for sharing these OP.



posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 05:18 AM
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ROLL CLOUDS = H.A.A.R.P.



posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 05:19 AM
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Originally posted by WishForWings
I'm from Australia and I've seen quite a few...


Australia also has a H.A.A.R.P. base there...wouldn't surprise me you see those roll clouds either.



posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 05:30 AM
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Absolutely stunning!!


I just hope I'll be lucky enough to one day see formations such as these. Here in the UK it tends to just be the usual miserable clouds.



posted on Mar, 6 2012 @ 05:36 AM
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Very beautiful natural phenomenon. I have not been lucky enough to see one in person, but I sure hope to.
Thanks!




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