Like a tsunami in the sky: Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds engulf the sky of Snowbasin, Utah

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It looks like a tsunami in the sky over Snowbasin, Utah.

Also known as Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds, these ocean waves in the sky formed on December 10, 2015, and look like Van Gogh´s Starry Night.

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Look at these clouds, they look like breaking ocean waves in the sky.

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These amazing pictures were captured by Brad Peterson‬ at Snowbasin.

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It takes a thin layer of shear for a Kelvin-Helmholtz instability to form – two different layers of air moving at different speeds in our atmosphere.

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The upper layers of air are moving at higher speeds and will often scoop the top of the cloud layer into these wave-like rolling structures.

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These wave clouds often appear on windy days and are good indicators of atmospheric instability.

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And these waves in the sky have most probably inspired the swirls in van Gogh’s masterpiece Starry Night.

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