Gallery 3 - Earth Bound   >   Clouds   >   Orographic Cloud

Orographic clouds develop in response to the forced lifting of air often caused by mountains. They are also called lenticular clouds (lens shaped) and occur at high altitudes. Lenticular clouds are sometimes mistaken for UFO's. This photo was taken in Utah. We never see these kinds of cloud at home as there is no mountain high enough. Photo by Debra