Is that an angel on its way up to heaven? Or a jellyfish swimming in the skies?
Look at these clouds floating gently by, their tops fluffy like cotton candy; yet from their undersides hang long, wispy tendrils, giving them the appearance of jellyfish drifting in a sky-blue sea.
Thank you to Lori Bushnell for submitting her transcendental pictures!
There’s nothing strange about seeing shapes in clouds – whether animals and plants or magical creatures – but these giant jellyfish are not figments of your imagination; they’re meteorological wonders known as virga.
Now look more closely. Do you see what I see?
Different conditions can create other equally extraordinary cloud formations, such as lenticular clouds, hole punch clouds and mammatus clouds. Right now, though, we’re rather fond of these virga phenomena.
Of course, this isn’t a real mushroom cloud! The tentacles (virga) are what give formations like these their name, and they’re caused by precipitation evaporating before it hits the Earth.
Virga cloud formations come in different forms – from the thick cluster seen just now to these more delicate wisps. The appearance of virga formations indeed depends on environmental conditions. Wind is capable of bending the virga – fallstreaks – while a lack of air movement can result in the tendrils falling straight down.
I really do believe clouds have something prophetic, just like seeing an angel in the sky!