A Curious Case of Clouds in Iceland

A Curious Case of Clouds in Iceland

When parallel rows of clouds lined up over southwestern Iceland on April 30, 2021, they appeared to be strikingly pretty, but relatively common, wave clouds. Wave clouds are a visible component of waves in the atmosphere, which form for a variety of reasons. According to cloud researcher Bastiaan Van Diedenhoven of SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, this is a reasonable explanation for the cloud pattern visible on April 30. The natural-color image on the left—acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8—shows the clouds as they appeared around midday on April 30, 2021. Throstur Thorsteinsson, a scientist at the University of Iceland, also thinks the cloud waves were probably influenced by the eruption.

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