known informally as asperatus clouds, this atmospheric phenomenon gets its name from the latin aspero, which roman poets used to describe the sea as it was roughened by the cold north wind.
though the cause of their formation remains unknown, it is likely that the undulating and lumpy underside is a result of warmer, moister air from above and colder, dryer air from below air meeting at the boundary between the lower and middle atmosphere.
when high level wind passes over rolling terrain, you get the same wavy effect as on the surface of water. but despite their ominous appearance, asperatus clouds tend to dissipate without a storm forming.
photos by (click pic) ken prior and allan gathman in perthshire, scotland; bryan and cherry alexander in qaanaaq, greenland; ti cranium in ohio; robert lurie in cape town, south africa; witta priester in new zealand; jesse klein in wisconsin
Help! I didn’t realize the last season of gossip girl only had ten episodes and I finished number 9 last night. I just had to stop there because I wasn’t ready for all the stuffs that may or may not happen!
And yes I really am just watching all these for the first time! (I watched the first season or two on the WB, but then dropped off…)
Children die, Mrs. Grant. I don’t have children, so you may think it’s horrible for me to say that. Maybe it is. But it’s also a fact. That of all the millions of Americans who’ll be watching and listening to the State of the Union Address tonight there are thousands of people out there whose children have died. Just like yours. But unlike you, they didn’t get to spend three months flipping through trash and eating potato chips. They got three days to grieve. Three weeks if they were lucky. Or they would lose their jobs. And make no mistake, Mrs. Grant. You have a job.
I loved this speech.
13 year old Ashol Pan is one of the estimated last 250 Mongolian eagle hunters left in the world. And one of the very few women that are granted the privilege to be trained in this ancient, traditional hunting method. Golden eagles are used mainly to hunt foxes during the winter months.
Some images courtesy of Caters News Agency.
holy shit this girl is fucking badass that birds as big as she is