A Treat In The Weekend Sky

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Kerry Coffin from Bailey Island Maine was in the perfect spot to capture the beauty of these tsunami wave clouds Saturday evening.  They’re a great example of Kelvin-Helmholtz instability waves named for Lord Kelvin, and Hermann von Helmholtz. Click here.

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These wave clouds form the same way a wave crests or breaks on the ocean.  In the case of these clouds from Saturday, a stronger wind present aloft was blowing over a lighter wind at the ground level. That set up drags the top of the cloud, creating a curled shape as you would see in the crest of and ocean wave.

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Thanks again to Kerry Coffin who was in the right place at the right time to snap this great photo.  I love to see weather related photos from around the state of Maine. If you snap a good one, and would like to share it, here are a few ways to contact me.

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Charlie Lopresti

About Charlie Lopresti

Charlie makes up the "Weather Part" of CBS News 13s evening edition. A native New Englander, he grew up enjoying the area's exciting and sometimes wild weather.