Kelvin-Helmholtz Wave Cloud - Laramie, WY
Kelvin-Helmholtz (K-H) breaking wave cloud over Laramie, Wyoming. K-H waves form in the atmosphere (and in other fluids) when two layers of different density flow past each other. The situation can become unstable and mass from one layer gets drawn into the other at periodic spacing. These intrusions resemble ocean waves as they grow taller and eventually curl over.
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