While driving east on I-84 at noon time today I noticed this strange cloud slowly rotating in the sky above Vernon, Connecticut. I immediately pulled over and started to take some images of it. Upon closer inspection I noticed condensation from other clouds being “sucked” into the rotating cloud and being ejected above it. This went on for about 10 minutes before it dissapated.
Here are some of these unique clouds.
Here is a closer look at it.
So what caused this strange occurance to be visable?
Here’s a simple explanation. Wind blowing in one direction at 5000 feet, and another wind pattern blowing at almost exactly opposite at 8000 feet. Enought humidity, enought rotation, to draw the residual condensation floating around into the rotating cloud.
You end up with a neat picture that lasted about 15 minutes.
Anyone else see them?