8 Cool Clouds.

Image Credit: Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. I.S.S crew 16.

Anvil Cloud With Cumulus Tower: This image was captured when the International Space Station was located over western Africa, near the Senegal-Mali border. The photograph shows an anvil cloud with numerous smaller cumulonimbus towers rising around it.

Image courtesy: The Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.

The Eye Of Hurricane Isabel(2003), Atlantic Ocean: Astronaut Ed Lu took this oblique photo of Hurricane Isabel from the International Space Station on September 15, 2003. At the time, Isabel was heading for the east coast of the US and had strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane, with winds estimated at 160 mph.

Image Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.

Extreme Cold in Canada: In this satellite image taken over The Gulf of St. Lawrence, Cold, dry arctic air is swept down over Canada, as the cold air moves out over the Atlantic Ocean it meets the warmer, moister air over the Atlantic, and clouds are formed. In this false-colour image visible light is assigned to the red spectrum while the ice appears dark red and water is black. The ice in the clouds tint them a light orange, making the sky appear to be on fire.

Image Credit: NASA, The USGS, EROS Data Center Satellite Systems.

Aleutian Clouds: These cloud formations were seen over the western Aleutian Islands. Their colour variations are due to differences in temperature and in the size of water droplets that make up the clouds.

Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA

Wake Shaped clouds, Amsterdam Island, Indian Ocean: The cloud patterns seen in this image resemble the wake left by a ship. The pattern is not coincidental. Winds act in the same way as a fluid, when it encounters an obstacle, it must move around it, in doing so it leaves behind a wake or a visible wave pattern. In this case, as the wind hit Amsterdam Island it was forced to rise up over the island, as it did so it cooled forming clouds. Once it was over the island, the air sank into the trough, the air warmed, and clouds did not form. This pattern repeated itself, with clouds appearing at the peak of every wave, thus creating the banded effect.

Image Credit: NASA

Fireworks On The U.S. East Coast: This photo of a trimethylaluminum cloud was taken over the Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska.
In an experiment to understand "space weather" or the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere, NASA launched a series of rockets into the ionosphere at altitudes of between 43 and 96 miles (69 to 154 kilometers), which produced long clouds of a chemical called trimethylaluminum. The test area encompassed the mid-Atlantic region and portions of the northeastern and southeastern United States.

Image Credit: The SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.

Great Lake Effects: The effect is produced in the winter when cold winds move across long expanses of warmer lake water, providing energy and picking up water vapour which freezes and is deposited on the lee side shores as snow.

Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC.

Clouds In The Eastern Pacific: Captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), on the Terra satellite, on December 18, 2002, this unusual cloud formation over the eastern Pacific Ocean shows a cloud chain locked together like vertebra.

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