The name positively rolls off the tongue: altocumulus lenticularis. I’m not one to categorically deny the existence of aliens, although I doubt the veracity of aliens being super-intelligent if all they can do is zoom through the marshes of some hicksville and scare the poop out of hicks.
Altocumulus lenticularis. You gotta love it. It’s almost as sweet to say as my favorite word: defenestration.
Anyone who has ever seen an authentic and genuine altocumulus lenticularis cloud formation can be easily forgiven for assuming that what was seen was a flying saucer. This particular type of cloud swirls and whirls into a circle and looks for all the world like a UFO that can be identified as a visitor from another galaxy.
Just take a look at the pictures accompanying this article and imagine that you were out somewhere far away from the traffic of society and you looked up and saw one of these mothers hovering over you. Add in a little buzz from a six pack and no wonder rummies are among the most likely to report a UFO hovering over them in the sky like Oprah on a chicken basket.
Altocumulus lenticularis are clouds that are characterized by smooth roundness. Allie Fox in The Mosquito Coast famous observed that right angles do not occur naturally in nature very much. The same could be said of circles in the sky. Yes, the sun and moon are circular, but circular clouds? Not very often.
Except when you are near a mountain range after a light rain or snow is accompanied by high winds and moderate turbulence at the cloud level. Under those circumstances, clouds can form that look more like something from the original miniseries V than big fluffy ice cream cones. Lending another level of disturbance to those looking into the sky is that lenticular clouds tend to remain stationary for a longer period of time than the average cloud. The wind is passing through the mass of cloud and that means a consistently regenerating condensation that dissipates and reforms. It is not unusual for there to be a half dozen altocumulus lenticularis clouds in the same place at the same time.
V for real and that’s not a vendetta.
These UFO clouds can potentially form just about anywhere, though the preference is around those mountainous regions. The best examples of altocumulus lenticularis clouds are over the Pacific Ocean when the moist winds blow into the Sierra Nevada. Wonder if that’s why the military-industrial-science-fiction complex chose Area 51 in Nevada for their headquarters?