A Roll Cloud

In my effort to keep you on your toes, take a look at the “roll cloud” below.  It’s totally worth a click through to the APOD site and a moment of contemplation on a large monitor.

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I’ve seen small rolls clouds in the past although I didn’t know they were called roll clouds, nor did I have a clue how roll clouds were formed.  While 720p videoconferencing with Skype on my Internet connected TV is pretty cool, nature continues to amaze me.  Time for a run.

  • …and i am now following APOD on Twitter.

    for those interested, it's @apod

  • Taking the Roll Cloud to the next level: Morning Glory Roll Cloud in Australia. Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Glory_cloud and timelapse here: http://www.morningglorycloud.com/

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  • Spectacular! 

  • Wow. If I was on that beach, and had seen this cloud (without having ever seen a picture of one), I would be seriously contemplating the end of the world.

  • Robert Dewey

    If you see clouds that look like a mothership scraping along the ground, run. I took this photo a couple years ago during a tornado warning. It ended up tearing up our neighborhood pretty bad, power was out for several days for hundreds of thousands of people. National Weather Service estimated winds were up around 90-100mph.


  • Never saw one before, awesome!


  • Jack Zedlitz

    Twenty-three years ago I saw such a cloud in Wichita, KS. I was 11, and vividly recall being awe-stricken and fearful, but also gaping in wonder, as I had never before seen anything like it or even heard of anything like it. I was stuck outside while it passed and remember feeling like a large hand was gripping the bottom of my guts the whole time. Massive expressions of energy generally do that to us, no?

  • Sabine

    Looks like photoshop to me.

  • After poking around more it looks like the real deal.

  • ryan poll

    Although the photographer did touch up the image by brightening up the sky. Which makes me wonder if this is a composite.

  • If you like that, you'll love this 😉 (Mark Watson / Red Bull / Morning Glory)
    http://www.redbullillume.com/insight/news/jonny-d… and

  • Yes – awesome!

  • Steve

    Incredible shot! Thanks!

  • This looks photoshopped. I don't believe this is a real picture. The clouds look fake.

  • Don Hall

    I was able to take pictures of a roll cloud in Eastern Okla. I myself had never seen one in 40 yrs. of living in Okla. It looked just like the one pictured.

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