This Strange Phenomenon In Iowa Is Too Weird For Words
In June of 2006, Jane Wiggins looked out of her office window in downtown Cedar Rapids and made a discovery unlike anything she ever expected. What Wiggins saw was a huge, wave-like cloud rolling over the city. She was so perplexed and amazed by this cloud, which was unlike anything she had ever seen. She took photos and sent them in to National Geographic, who posted them to their website, garnering national attention. Wiggins knew that this cloud was special, but what she didn’t know was that she had just taken the first photograph of a very rare phenomenon; a previously undiscovered cloud formation called the Undulatus Asperatus.
The video below is a time lapse showing the surreal, wavelike Undulatus Asperatus clouds moving through the sky. It’s truly magical to see, and unlike anything else you have experienced.
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Since first being photographed in Cedar Rapids, this rare type of cloud has been spotted in several other places, including: Nebraska, Texas, Alabama and Canada. The Cloud Appreciation Society is now campaigning for the new classification, which would make the Undulatus Asperatus the first new cloud type since 1951.