It didn’t come from outer space

Lenticular Cloud

Chris Jackson of Wellington drew our attention to this strange cloud formation that was seen over Island Bay.

Lenticular clouds or Altocumulus standing lenticularis, like this one are stationary clouds that result from strong winds over rugged terrain and form at high altitudes.

Lenticular clouds are common around the Wellington region. They can generally be seen over Mt Orongorongo in the Rimutaka Range.

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