Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lenticular 'UFO' clouds over Cape Town and other weird cloud formations

Lenticular clouds over Cape Town on November 8, 2015.

South Africans have been treated to an eerie cloud formation known as lenticular clouds.
The so-called "UFO clouds" appeared in the sky over the weekend in the city of Cape Town.

Lenticular clouds form when high winds blow over rough terrain, such as mountains and valleys.

Take a look at some of the photos from social media, as well as other weird formations clouds can take.

The unusual meteorological sighting happened on November 8 and citizens in the South African city rushed to the streets to gaze up at the natural spectacular.

'The aliens have been moniting [sic] cape town for years now,' Instagram user monre44 said.

However, keen to dispel rumors that the formation was an out-of-this-world visit, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said they are 'common clouds' known scientifically as 'stratocumulus standing lenticularis'. 

They are saucer- or lens-shaped clouds, which are typically stationary in nature.

On account of their typical shapes, lenticular clouds have been mistakenly identified as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the past.

Social media users were eager to photograph the beautiful daytime cloud formations and post their images online. 

'Right now above my head! The strangest most amazing UFO shaped clouds,' wrote amazed Instagram user called Arthur Albert. 

Shocked Twitter user Monique Jackson added: 'Weird UFO clouds over Cape Town.'

While impressed Di Brown posted on Instagram: 'The cloud looks like a tornado in pause mode.

Really very weird skies today.

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