"Mt. Rainier puts on a Show"

14,500 ft

Those of us not living in Tacoma Washington or surrounding areas will appreciate these pictures. Some of you who live in the Portland area may have seen this on December 5, 2008. it was so amazing, people were pulling over on the freeway to take pictures.

 

Take a look at some of these incredible clouds captured over Mt. Rainier.

   

   

Those are called "lenticular clouds" They're caused when the winds are just right so when they flow over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward where it cools and condenses into clouds.. Depending on the winds, you can get some amazing clouds formations as we've seen so far today. It's usually a sign of rain within 24 hours because typically the moist flow that precedes a storm around here is the perfect set up for these clouds.

By Scott Sistek. 
Meteorlogist

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