Apocalyptic ‘UFO’ clouds form over Texas after weeks of heavy rain

Giant apocalyptic clouds akin to fluffy flying saucers have formed in the skies of central Texas, much to the astonishment of residents who have jokingly wondered if aliens had finally arrived.

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“Alien ships hiding in clouds,” wrote one Facebook user.

“Yep those are covers for spaceships!” wrote another.

“Those don’t even look real! They are kinda scary,” posted a third.

Altocumulus standing lenticular clouds, as they are known, are stationary clouds with flat, spherical layers shaped like lenses. Resembling alien spacecraft or a stack of pancakes, they typically form on the downwind side of mountains but can occasionally occur next to buildings or bridges.

Air travelling along the mountain is forced upwards by the obstruction, generating waves in the atmosphere, similar to those in the ocean.

“Because of the different densities of the winds, the air parcels [rise and fall] in an oscillating pattern,” said Kevin Walsh, associate professor of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Under certain conditions, the upward motion of the air can generate clouds with a smooth lens shape.

Check out this rare sight captured yesterday by M. Davis in Southeast Texas after severe weather moved through the area. They are called lenticular clouds, and they are more commonly seen over hills or mountains. Sometimes, they are confused for UFOs

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University of Melbourne atmospheric scientist Todd Lane said lenticular clouds could also be formed by thunderstorms or cold fronts.

Texas and Oklahoma have been ravaged by severe storms and weeks of torrential rain, which have killed at least 16 people.

“The core of thunderstorms is an upward motion … and when there’s precipitation there’s downward motion as well. This upward and downward motion generates atmospheric waves in the same way mountains generate atmospheric waves,” he said.

Similarly, air forced up and over the leading edge of a cold front can also create the atmospheric waves that form lenticular clouds, he added.

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Lenticular clouds are not often seen in Australia because they depend on “a rare combination of conditions”, according to Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe.

“They’re a pretty rare occurrence because you would need the moisture in the air to be at the right relative humidity as it passes over the mountains … and you need the right strength of wind for that wave pattern to occur behind the mountain.”

Oklahoma KTUL-TV ABC meteorologist Mike Collier posted a photo of the clouds in central Texas on Facebook, prompting one user to ask if they were dangerous.

Australian experts say there is little chance of an alien abduction.

“They may look like UFOs but they’re not dangerous to people on the ground,” Associate Professor Lane said.

“[But] often times there’s turbulence associated with strong waves like this, so … pilots would be cautious.”

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