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5 Fascinating Natural Phenomena Filmed

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Asperatus Clouds

Asperatus clouds are a fairly new classification, having only been photographed in the last 30 years. These clouds give the sky the appearance of an ocean’s waves with their constant flowing motion, and although they appear menacing, they usually dissipate without any kind of a storm.

Since they are such a recent discovery, scientists are unsure of the causes behind them. There are currently studies being done to gather evidence on what kinds of weather conditions are needed for asperatus clouds to appear.

Asperatus clouds occur most frequently in the Great Plains region of the United States. They are alternatively known as undulatus asperatus, because although their classification is currently up in the air, they are generally accepted as being most closely related to undulatus clouds.

As of 2009, asperatus clouds have been proposed as a separate cloud classification. If this proposal is successful, asperatus clouds will be the first newly classified formation in over 50 years.

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