Clouds Crashing Over Nebraska

Storm chaser Alex Schueth captured timelapse of a rare cloud formation called undulatus asperatus during a storm over Lincoln, Nebraska earlier this summer. The term, which translates to “roughed or agitated waves,” describes the bizarre rolling pattern formed by the clouds. Observers have noted that the phenomenon gives the impression of being underwater looking up at the surface at waves. Margaret LeMone, a cloud expert with the National Center for Atmospheric Research has taken photos of asperatus clouds for 30 years, and considers it a likely new cloud type.


"But, you know, I’m an actor… tomorrow a script will land in my lap and I’ll be like, ‘Oh that’s really interesting’ and go off on the research of it, and go on runs and bike rides and think about the character. Just let your imagination go with it. Actors are interpretative artists, they don’t create it, they figure it out." – Lee Pace

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Today the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena shows us a world gone topsy-turvy. This extraordinary time-lapse video, shot by Alex Schueth, shows a dramatic formation of Undulatus asperatus clouds rolling through Lincoln, Nebraska on July 7, 2014.

These dark, undulating clouds look like heaving waves on a stormy ocean, only that ocean is roiling right over our heads. It’s the ominous sort of sky you’d expect to see when there’s no one else to call but the Ghostbusters.

We recommend watching this remarkable video in the highest resolution your computer can manage.

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This cloud formation over Lincoln, Nebraska will blow your mind.