The photo below shows wave-like clouds, called Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds, that were captured by Holly Reynolds over the Wellsville Mountains near Cache Valley, UT.
The photo has been shared by Matthew Johnson (@KSL_Matt) of KSL News.
Check it out below:
Textbook Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds cresting across the Wellsville Mountains of Utah! PERFECTION!🌊🤩#utwx
📍: Cache Valley, UT
📸: Holly Reynolds pic.twitter.com/Wdu45fsxBq
— Matthew Johnson (@KSL_Matt) January 10, 2023
Beautiful, right? Looks like gigantic ocean waves are crashing over snow-capped mountains.
Here’s more information about how Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds form EarthSky:
“Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds are named for Lord Kelvin and Hermann von Helmholtz, who studied the physics of the instability that leads to this type of cloud formation. A Kelvin-Helmholtz instability forms where there’s a velocity difference across the interface between two fluids: for example, wind blowing over water.”