Whats That! In the Sky!

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by Ryan Overton

There were some interesting clouds in the sky this evening. With not a cloud in the sky anywhere else, where did these come from and why were they in a line? Like ducks in a row, these clouds lined up one by one almost as well as my kindergarten class...

 

So how do formations of clouds like this happen? For this we turn to a friend of mine and old coworker, Scott Sistek, a meteorologist at my old work KOMO in Seattle who had a similar situation a few weeks ago.

 

According to Scott, "it might have been a line of deformation -- sometimes this occurs when you have two nearby low pressure centers tugging on the same area."

 

Now for us here in Alaska we have one low pressure to the northeast of Anchorage and another to the Southwest of us.

 

 

And according to Scott, "This can create an area where when air gets essentially pulled in opposite directions, it creates lower pressure aloft that can create a little bit of lift and some clouds."

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