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Volume 2 hit the 100 mark. A lot of fun there. Onward to another 100!
Arizona Asperitas # 301
Yes Michael, let’s go to another hundre. You made a good a start for Volume 3 already.
From an older series….
Arizona Asperitas #302
Arizona Asperitas #303
Nice composition Hans!
Arizona Asperitas# 305
One from an old series not yet used.
Arizona Asperitas #307
Arizona Asperitas #308
Arizona Asperitas #309
Arizona Asperitas# 310
While taking a stroll through the archives today, I came across the photo below taken one late afternoon a few years ago. Just a hint of wave (does that count?), but here it is, nevertheless. Asperitas is such a lovely form, no matter where it rides the wind, so thank you Michael and Hans for continuing to share what rolls above your noggins in Arizona and across the pond in Holland.
Thank you and yes, the waves count for me Keelin. I love the tender colors in the sky you spotted with this hint of asperitas. These long and gentle waves are exactly what attracts me in asperitas.
Michael— feels like you live in Asperitas, AZ! I love the subtlety in “More Waves”, Hans, and Keelin, the warm color gradient in your waves photo — utterly lovely :-)
Straight up stratus outside for us today, but digging through my archives— here’s a little ditty I was lucky enough to enjoy a couple of years back, created from the top of a parking garage. In post, I deepened saturation, mid and low contrast and structure to let the colors and edges pop. Even so, the photo is almost true to light with the multiple layers front to back— the sun was above the horizon and lit up the near clouds until it hit a wall of the blue/gray in front it could not pierce. Canon 5d MkII, 235mm on EF70-200mm F2.8 (w/2x adapter), F/7.1, 1/200sec.
We printed this one out on Canvas and have it on the wall above our headboard.
Daniel, Very nice Asperitas photo! Lighting of Asperitas really makes a difference.
Its my observation that the Valley of the Sun , Phoenix Az, has physical characteristics and due to its location, southeast of the Sierra Nevadas , combine to make it well situated to be a place to witness Asperitas. Weather fronts come down the Pacific coast and then try to go inland dumping most of their moisture in the mountains of California. When the fronts are strong enough, they make it over the mountains and bring their moisture to the desert. The energy to accomplish that is usually considerable , the fronts sweeping across the desert in a whip lash hurry. So the hurly burly is there , and as well, the compressed layering of cloud is often included. The Valley is like a bowl. The north and east sides being the higher elevations. So as the fronts sweep in, there are forces at work that seem to create Asperitas. I believe every front that sweeps in creates Asperitas somewhere in the Valley. I use to work near the eastern edge of the Valley and that area always had Asperitas if there was a system coming through. It was just a matter of keeping an eye for the event because the speed of systems blowing through the Valley is..quick. I’ve seen blue sky mornings, rainy afternoon and clear starry nightsky all in one day here. Of course the catch is..storms having enough umph to make it over the Sierra Nevadas. Usually they don’t. Thats why we are in a desert here. Looking at the dates of photos over the last few years,, it looks like an Asperitas event once every 6 to 8 weeks . But for some reason December and January have more than average Asperitas. The exception is during the Monsoon season where the weather comes from equatorial Pacific rather than sweeping down from Northern Pacific. I’ve noticed late November,anytime December and January once or twice in February and March with reliable Asperitas production..
Arizona Asperitas#748 This shot is of a rare May event (2019). May usually has no clouds . I consider it a blue sky month.
Michael— that is an awesome insight! I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I could see how some of our big storm fronts in the early winter months would make it your way after blasting down out of the Aleutians and beginning to push inland south-southeast usually right over the top of the Willamette Valley where I live. We share weather!
Here’s another Willamette Valley sampling from September 2015 (color filters added, structure & contrast enhanced for artistic interpretation and effect.)
Great explanation of your situation in the Valley of the Sun Michael and a;so from you daniel in the Pacific Northwest. It is obviously good cloud spotting over there. Great pictures from you both.
No hills or mountains over here in Flatland. Just dunes. Nevertheless asperitas will visit us each year some times. Here is one from last summer.
Great Asperitas shots Daniel! Yea, Arizona gets the left overs from California et al , if there is any.
Arizona Asperitas #749
Arizona Asperitas #751
After some days with boring blue skies this made a change. Also some raindrops but nothing got wet and the scent of petrichor filled the air.
Arizona Asperitas #753
Arizona Asperitas #754
Arizona Asperitas # 755
Thinking about it this could also be the Wave Thread, don’t you think Michael. We sail on!
Hans- upside down waves
Those wonder-ful waves sweep me off my feet, Michael, Hans, and Daniel. Sure wish they weren’t so rare around here. Just found this one from a few years back.
Arizona Asperitas #758
Nice composition in Arizona Asperitas#760 Michael. Next one was taken in a hurry a few days ago. I did not have time to change lenses not expecting this when I stepped outside. Nevertheless I did have my camera with me so used the wide angle that was mounted.
Its great when normal life gets interrupted by a cloud phenomena! Nice capture Hans!
Arizona Asperitas #763
Thanks Michael. It is always a joy when something “different” in the sky is happening. It makes my day.
From last year:
Eyebrow Raising Asperitas
Arizona Asperitas #764
Arizona Asperitas #767
Arizona Asperitas #768
All very gentle waves of asperitas Michael. Here is one that looks like the skin of some reptile. What do you think. Does it belong to this thread?
Hans,,A similar type cloud can be seen in my photo #750. The texture of the clouds, takes away from the upside down tossing and turning of the Asperitas. So your photo belongs in Asperitas imho.. And yes, an incredible Asperitas event Dec 3rd 2019 traversed overhead very low. Seemed I could almost hear it. Lasted maybe 15 minutes and I didn’t catch it from the beginning. It was a softly lit Asperitas Undulatus event.
Arizona Asperitas #771
Thanks Michael. Soem of your latest also show lacunosus imho and he gentle waves as well.
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Arizona Asperitas #773
Two Days Ago
Wondering if some of this cloud activity could have a bit of Asperitas. Thanks for any assistance.
Ruth Quist.. One way to determine if what you see is Asperitas is to look at it upside down. The up drafts and rolling clouds are a lot more apparent. The darker clouds in your photo suggest they are lower than the brite alto-cumulus in upper center. Its my experience that lower cloud gets aspirated or demonstrates the phenomena. Therefore i think your photo captures the asperitas phenomena. Its perhaps a thinner show of it but the characteristics are there.
Below is shot that too, is not of a clear and easy Asperitas event. This shot is of small area off from a more serious Asperitas event . Still I think its Asperitas with some of the slightest of characteristics.
Michael, you have an exceptional collection of Asperitas cloud formations shown in this forum. I was so hoping that I had a chance to see this cloud event. Thanks for the pointers, especially looking at the picture upside down.
Last week I spotted some skies with a bit of the same as you both (Ruth and Michael) spotted in the last two posts. For me they all are examples of asperitas. Small areas but nevertheless the characteristic irregular undulations of asperitas are there.
Small area asperitas give the opportunity to see what is going on above the undulations. Chaos comes to mind. The up drafts pulling cloud segments up and the scatter of clouds show that flying thru an Asperitas event may not be a good idea.
Arizona Asperitas #775
You may be right Michael about the chaotic nature of asperitas events. Your last one shows the deceiving calm wavy structure. here is another example of a small area event.
Contrasts In The Sky
Thank You Frank for the cool video!
Arizona Asperitas #777
Arizona Asperitas $778
Hello All, I’m Dave from central Missouri, USA. This is my first post to a forum and actually I’m a little baffled on how to do this.
I almost exclusively shoot clouds with an infrared converted camera. I love the way that infrared light illuminates clouds providing enhanced contrast to what visible light illumination provides. This photo is in monotone but I frequently leverage my camera sensor’s response to invisible IR light and produce colors very different than what is seen with visible light.
On July 7, 2020, at 18:10 CDT, I witnessed 25 minutes of the writhing chaos of asperitas clouds from my rural home. I shot over 140 photos with my infrared converted camera. This photo is from early in the sequence.
This photograph was shot several minutes after my previously posted photo. The fun was really ramping up at this time. I was practically giggling, it was so overwhelming.
Wow Dave, welcome here …. and these are astonishing pictures of asperitas. The infrared reveals a really turbulent and wild cloudscape. I remember that on on the 3rd of August a picture of yours was CAD. It was cirrus and also taken in infrared accompanied by a great explanation of the used method. The extra contrast the infrared gives is amazing. This is different than to try to enhance contrast with all the tricks LR provides. I hope to see more of these from you.
Dave, you have taken some exciting, not to mention moody pictures. Keep them coming. These forums are great fun to share pictures and support each others creations. Asperitas are one of the most thrilling clouds to see and photography. A rarity for me. Looking forward to more of your entries.
Good show Dave! yes, Asperitas does overwhelm. I can’t help feeling very special to witness a good Asperitas event. .always a smile that is impossible to remove from my face. Your use of IR is interesting! Canon’s 6D Is sensitive into the IR, beyond most other digital cameras and is a favorite for astronomy photogs for that reason. I have one and used the IR advantage mostly in B&W photography. Like you say, the contrast can make the clouds really pop out from the background.
Arizona Asperitas #779
~~~ Wow!! Love the recent additions to this fantastic wild ride that Michael and Hans keep rolling. Beautiful drama captured, Dave, (positively enhanced by the B&W/Sepia tones), and a mesmerizing video, Frank.
As Michael notes, witnessing Asperitas events brings a special feeling (like an “E-Ticket Ride” at Disneyland back in the ’50s!). I must add that even just seeing them online here brings delight to the day. So many thanks to all contributors above for sharing.
Thanks for the welcome to the forum. This is such an inspiring group of people. It truly made my day to have my first two contributions so warmly received.
I’ve been comparing the photos I submitted to how they were presented in this forum. My photos as seen here are considerably smaller in size, have considerably less resolution, and are considerably more jpeg compressed than they were when submitted. I am also guessing that with something that can be as detailed as asperitas clouds a short view may be better than a long view. My big fat photos need to go on a diet.
The following two photos are also from the July 19th asperitas event. I have cropped these photos, reduced them to 1200 x 800, and changed the jpeg compression to 90% quality, This resulted in an overall size around 200 Kb.
So let’s see what happens. I welcome all the tips, tricks, and critiques anyone has to offer. Thanks.
Great show you had in Missouri there Dave! ..
In very general terms..I reduce my photos from full size down to about 4″ X 7″ (postcard) size or 450 kb in size to get accepted to post here. The exception is the vertical shots which CAS allows to be larger. Anyway you will figure it. Yes you end up with an original and then a CAS smaller version of all your good stuff.
Thanks, Michael, I think I’m now heading in the right direction on processing at a smaller scale. My first photos were a whopping 2048 x 1368 when submitted.
I like your photo, Arizona Asperitas#781. There seems to be some orderly structure to the chaos that I’ve seen in some of my photos. It’s hard for me to imagine how the different water vapor densities stay together in an asperitas cloud formation without becoming a homogeneous mix in all the turmoil.
This is the last photo (infrared photography) of my July 19th asperitas encounter. I took it as I retreated to my garage when large drops of rain began to fall. This is a view to the east. The dark area of thunderstorms that had been sliding by to the south had widened and was approaching my backside from the west. The asperitas clouds were losing structure and drifting to the northeast. Winds were still gusting but had become northerly, different than the earlier random gusts from every direction. It took another half hour for the transition to full thunderstorm.
Nice shot Dave. Its a matter of timing. I see mostly asperitas undulatus in the Phoenix Arizona area. So ,yes, there is more of a structure to what I witness. Its a matter of timing like any wave activity. To me, Asperitas is upside down wave activity…like being under water and watching a wave break as it approaches the beach. It appears the wave goes Up and rolls along until it crests and comes apart. Pictures capturing what goes on above the asperitas show many rising columns of cloud.It is interesting to wonder when an asperitas events evolves to fractus, where the line is drawn.
Arizona Asperitas #782
I’ve gotten off track here and am having to rethink what I’ve been calling Asperitas cloud features. Today’s Cloud-a-Day of Stratocumulus lacunosus makes it clear that that has been a dominant feature in what I have been calling an Asperitas event.
It is likely that only a few of my photos from the 140 I shot (in IR photography) over 25 minutes during the July 7, 2020, event are of Asperitas clouds. Checking against the International Cloud Atlas I see that most of my photos do not fit the description and do not belong in this part of the forum.
On the plus side I witnessed an event that is burned in my brain but has still not completely coalesced into understanding.
The first photo may or may not contain a small patch of Asperitas. The second photo is also from the event and was solidly identified by today’s CAD, It has features typical of many of my photos on that day.
I have not located a description of how Asperitas clouds are formed and I am most curious if their existence is related in some way to how Stratocumulus lacunosus are formed.
Dave..I can only suggest that there exists Aperitas Laconosus. I’ve witnessed such a development on many an occasion, usually at the end of an Asperitas event. Again. its a timing issue. What actually is the physical cause, the physics responsible for the development we call asperitas? My rough understanding is ..a layer of stratus is acted upon by winds above the stratus. The speed of the winds and the direction in relationship to the speed and direction of the stratus I don’t recall exactly. Undulatus is caused by winds 90 degrees (?) opposed to the direction of the stratus. Since there is asperitas undulatus there is suggested ,wind speed has much to do with asperitas. Another thought is volume..how much space a blast of wind fills.
The lacunosus phenomena is attributed to different temperature layers of atmosphere descending and rising into each other. Cold air condenses the moisture out of the atmosphere and warm air absorbs the moisture back into atmosphere. So the cloud pattern you see is the cold air descending and the holes are the warm air rising..The problem is the holes in asperitas have visible clouds but they are in column shape and very ragged, due to wind. What im suggesting , and it is only my opinion, is that the lacunosus we see near the end of an asperitas event may be in optics only, similar to an lacunosus we see at cirrus or altcum heights,but the physics could be different Again, Aperitas does mean mixed up, indicating a multi-directional stirring of the atmosphere. So the thought that asperitas lacunosus signals a equilibrium approaching, a calming down of the asperitus atmosphere seems possible. The one thing bears mentioning is that the lacunosus I’ve photographed near the end of an asperitas event is usually almost ,f not directly, overhead. Seeing the wavy nature of asperitas is difficult when overhead and easier when seen at an angle or farther away.
So thats my 2 cents based on what little I understand about a complicated physical event that happens to clouds. I will say that I’ve photographed Asperitas Radius. Posted those pics a long while ago. Asperitas Translucidus might be applied to #773, #778 and #780 above.Point is, there can be many types of Asperitas and like a lot of clouds there are phases of development and decomposure that take the phenomena thru various varieties. There is much study on inter-actions of various layers of differing temperatured liquids and gases. Asperitas seems to me a challenge to those in that field of study.
anyway here is a “asperitas lacunosus” shot that was close by.
Arizona Asperitas# 781
Great Asperitas lacunosus Dave. The infrared makes it even more dramatic. And I like your thoughts on asperitas Michael. Dave: you cn find more examples of asperitas lacunosus when you go the gallery and select on these classifications. You will find them all. Altocumulus and stratocumulus as well.
Arizona Asperitas# 782
In my last posting I succumbed to a moment of doubt about ID’s I had provided for several of my photos. Thanks to Hans for his insight and many thanks to the members posting in the Cloud Identification Help forum.
This image is composed from two photos stitched together. Asperitas clouds were just beginning to emerge on the edge of the thunderstorm line to the south on July 19, 2020, in central Missouri.
Infrared photography, false color.
This image can be seen in high resolution on my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/davelochhaas/50341602273/in/album-72157715288024491/
Very impressive and dramatic capture of Asperitas Dave. The infrared emphasizes the drama very well. Next one is a lot less dramatic, but the B&W approach is another way to enhance the drama a bit.
Arizona Asperitas #784