APOD: A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay (2016 Jun 12)

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APOD: A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay (2016 Jun 12)

Post by APOD Robot » Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:11 am

Image A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay

Explanation: What kind of cloud is this? A type of arcus cloud called a roll cloud. These rare long clouds may form near advancing cold fronts. In particular, a downdraft from an advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud. When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form. Roll clouds may actually have air circulating along the long horizontal axis of the cloud. A roll cloud is not thought to be able to morph into a tornado. Unlike a similar shelf cloud, a roll cloud is completely detached from their parent cumulonimbus cloud. Pictured above, a roll cloud extends far into the distance in 2009 January above Las Olas Beach in Maldonado, Uruguay.

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Re: APOD: A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay (2016 Jun 12)

Post by Boomer12k » Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:07 am

Always an interesting phenomenon....

Anyone for a chorus of "Roll out the Barrel"?
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Re: APOD: A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay (2016 Jun 12)

Post by Canadian Grandma » Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:27 pm

One hears of "a cold front moving in", and this is a case of seeing that cold front moving in.

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Re: APOD: A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay (2016 Jun 12)

Post by Comedy » Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:30 pm

World's largest contrail. Or is it a chemtrail?

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Re: APOD: A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay (2016 Jun 12)

Post by Roger Venable » Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:11 pm

A potentially misunderstood statement in the description is that air can circulate "along" the long horizontal axis of the cloud. Actually it circulates AROUND the horizontal long axis, and the cloud appears to roll. However, these usually stay still as the air moves (rolls) through them, as they are coastal clouds related to sea-land winds and they stay in position oriented parallel to the coast.

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Re: APOD: A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay (2016 Jun 12)

Post by BMAONE23 » Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:21 am

Click to play embedded YouTube video.
Here is a good time lapse video

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Re: APOD: A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay (2016 Jun 12)

Post by John Macdonald » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:08 pm

Science fiction readers will be reminded of the Eye of God storm in Larry Niven's book Ringworld.