2017-06-22 / Community

Newly cataloged cloud identified in county

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com • 810-452-2668


CHANDLER TOWNSHIP - These photos of clouds were taken for the Huron County View’s Where’s the View? feature Tuesday morning, June 13 in Chandler Township facing north. CHANDLER TOWNSHIP - These photos of clouds were taken for the Huron County View’s Where’s the View? feature Tuesday morning, June 13 in Chandler Township facing north. CHANDLER TOWNSHIP - While the cloud type is not new, a dramatic-looking weather phenomena recently spotted in Huron County was added to the International Cloud Atlas just this March, according to a local meteorologist.

Ahmad Bajjey, WEYI NBC News 25 meteorologist, said the clouds, named asperitas, are seen several times in the area, often in the morning when it’s cooler.

“The cloud type isn’t new at all, we learn about them in college and they are seen several times a year in our area but not always photographed or seen in such bright detail,” Bajjey said.

He said there are several different versions of clouds that look and act the same way, and they are all labeled under the title of ‘asperitas’ in the cloud atlas.


Photos by John Bonke Photos by John Bonke The atlas is published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) “for professional meteorologists as well as for a wide circle of interested amateurs. For meteorologists this is a fundamental handbook, for others a source of acquaintance with the spectacular world of clouds,” according to the WMO website at www.wmocloudatlas.org.

Bajjey said asperitas form with systems that bring large amounts of rain or storms.

“Their name translates to ‘agitated wave’ - which they certainly do look like,” Bajjey said. “The air above the cloud is warm and unstable, while the air below (at the surface) is cooler and stable. The difference between the layers of air creates these wavy clouds in between that ebb and flow just like waves.”

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