OMG! That’s scary… Awesome! This giant lenticular cloud floated over Gallup, New Mexico on July 17, 2018 at sunset… And then started glowing bright red!

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That red cloud illuminated Gallup on July 17, 2018 at sunset. via Twitter
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Wow! This is a huge cloud formation over Gallup! via Instagram

Lenticular clouds are more or less isolated clouds, which form in the Earth’s troposphere (the lowest level of the atmosphere).

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It was like an alien spaceship floating in the sky. via Instagram
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Through sunset, the bizarre cloud became red. Blood red! via Instagram

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

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Such a cloud formation is rare. via Instagram
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On account of their typical shapes, lenticular clouds have been mistakenly identified as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the past. via Instagram

Lenticular clouds have been divided into three different categories, altocumulus standing lenticular, stratocumulus standing lenticular, and cirrocumulus standing lenticular, depending on the height at which they may be found above the surface of the Earth.

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This occurs when stable, moist air flows over a mountain, creating a series of oscillating waves. If the temperature at the crest of the wave equals the dew point temperature, condensation occurs in a lens formation. via Instagram
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Lenticular clouds form when conditions are just right. Air flows along the surface of the earth and reaches some sort of obstruction like a mountain or valley. via Twitter

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

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