Thursday, August 03, 2006

Clouds Over Antarctica


I don't think I'll be seeing these any time soon. They sound like an inspiration, though. Go to the link for a slideshow.

The clouds only occur at high polar latitudes in winter, requiring temperatures less than minus 176 degrees Fahrenheit. A weather balloon measured temperatures at minus 189 degrees Fahrenheit on the day the photos were taken.

Resembling airborne mother-of-pearl shells, the clouds are produced when fading light at sunset passes through water-ice crystals blown along a strong jet of stratospheric air more than six miles above the ground.

1 comment:

wes said...

Cool.