Wave clouds over the Appalachian mountains

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at unique cloud formations over the Appalachian mountains known as wave clouds.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at unique cloud formations over the Appalachian mountains known as wave clouds.

Wave clouds form when air moves over an elevated landmass like a mountain, and when the air hits the land, it oscillates like a car’s suspension system going over a speed bump.

This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board the Aqua satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory