Giant Tsunami-shaped Clouds Alabama
December 21, 2011 by staff
Commuters on highways took pictures and videos of the strangely-shaped nimbus, which saw local weather stations taking a high volume of calls to ask what was causing it.
Some of a more pessimistic persuasion took it as a sign of extreme weather to come – potentially severe flooding via huge waves from the Gulf of Mexico.
This topic remains a sensitive one, though.
Alabama – alongside neighbouring states Mississippi and Louisiana – one of the worst-hit by the devastating tsunami waves from Hurricane Katrina and the resulting fallout of refugees fleeing their homes.
The city of Mobile, on the southern coast of the state, was badly affected by Katrina – although still not to the same extent as New Orleans, which saw large swathes of the settlement wiped out by flooding.
In reality, the clouds are excellent examples of ‘Kelvin-Helmholtz waves’ – a phenomenon that can occur in the air as well as, more commonly, in water.
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