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Mind-Blowing Cloud Formations You Probably Haven’t Seen Before

Various cloud formations might be one of the most beautiful and romantic sights in nature, but these masses of liquid droplets is also a complex and scientifically interesting phenomena. Regardless of the shape and the looks of the cloud, they’re all made of the same thing – condensed water or ice. When the sun heats the ground, warm air starts to evaporate and rise towards the sky. Once these water vapor particles cluster together, a cloud is formed. If it is being joined by more water crystals and keeps growing, it will eventually reach us on the ground as rain or snow. Otherwise the cloud simply evaporates into the thin air.

Even though different cloud formations might seem random and indescribable to you, there’s a whole cloud classification system that’s uniform worldwide. Luke Howard, British manufacturing chemist and an amateur meteorologist, was the first to introduce a nomenclature system for clouds back 1802. Today clouds are categorized based on their shape, altitude, process of formation and other features.

Luckily you don’t need to be a meteorologist or a science fan to appreciate the beauty of differently shaped and colored clouds. Here’s a selection of some stunning cloud pictures – we bet that among them you’ll find some cloud formations that you’ve never actually seen before!

Inspired by: twistedsifter.com

Mammatus Clouds

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Image credits: HeavyLight.ca

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Image credits: Ken Lewis -

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Image credits: Vincent Fryhover

Lenticular Clouds

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Image credits: Brian Middleton

Image credits: Jean-Michel Priaux

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Image credits: Dementievskiy Ivan

Undulatus Asperatus

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Image credits: JΩSH

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Image credits: wittap

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Image credits: JΩSH

Fallstreak Hole

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Image credits: ladigue_99

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Image credits: mtnrockdhh

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Image credits: lookseenseen

Polar Stratospheric Cloud

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Image credits: Alan R. Light

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Image credits: FotoLind

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Image credits: FotoLind

Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz

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Image credits: drdouglascordeiro.blogspot.com

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Image credits: drdouglascordeiro.blogspot.com

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Image credits: pfjc&pfjc2

Roll Clouds

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Image credits: Kick Petroff

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Image credits: apod.nasa.gov

Anvil Clouds

Image credits: Nicholas_T

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Image credits: *Lampy*

Also, check out Smeared Sky Photography by Matt Molloy

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  • http://www.facebook.com/HrlQuinn Joyce Del Castillo via Facebook

    Is that the Stark’s dire wolf? D:

  • Irma Román via Facebook

    I thought the same thing too! haha

  • Jhon Mendoza via Facebook

    :O

  • Anna Þóra Árnadóttir via Facebook

    Linda Ólafsdóttir á 2 myndir í þessum flokki – kíkið á þær!

  • Garbo Laughs via Facebook

    yup, never seen em!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Zomiranos Kornelia Wojtczak via Facebook

    Magnificent !!! Thanx for sharing this :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kseno Robert Hunt via Facebook

    hipster clouds

  • http://www.facebook.com/vicktor.richelly Vicktor Richelly via Facebook

    Vladine Barros

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeromor Jesús Rodríguez Morales via Facebook

    MARAVILLOSAS FOTOS

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    Vãi mây :D

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    omg

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    tradução um buraco na neve que esta causando,grande transtorno para os ursos,cuidado pra você não cair nele , acertei?

  • http://www.facebook.com/francesco.stara.1 Francesco Stara via Facebook

    haarp amigo!

  • Mary Davies via Facebook

    I’ve only ever seen anvil clouds in real life.
    It looks like an a bomb went off!

  • JIm West via Facebook

    On Venus ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/zoli.szonyi.1 Zoli Szonyi via Facebook

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  • Ali Nugent via Facebook

    Gorgeous. I ♥ clouds :-D

  • Maria Hurdle via Facebook

    Pretty awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jephonie Jephonie Villegas

    Undulatus Asperatus wow, so unreal!

  • http://www.facebook.com/allison.mcshannon Allison McShannon via Facebook

    Melmers Roberts check it out

  • Eveline Herzog via Facebook

    thank you so much!

  • Mezza Hennessy via Facebook

    I’m so glad the Panda gets bored!

  • Tatiana Kova via Facebook

    every day!!!! ))

  • Choc O. Lat via Facebook

    thank you so much for posting this – love the pictures!!!

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    ; O

  • Alvaro

    Those “roll clouds” are better known as Morning glory clouds.

  • karthick

    Splendid…Thanks a lot to site owners for sharing :)