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Wacky "Cloud Tsunami" in Northern Florida


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#1 DoomsDave

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:22 PM

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#2 Palmy

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:18 AM

That's really interesting! Those buildings can create weather of their own!
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#3 MattyB

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:11 AM

It's basically moisture being squeezed out of the air as the wind pushes up against, and over, the buildings, similar to an airplane's wing.

edit; oh, nevermind I'm wrong. I just read the article. It's similar to what I described above but due to the lifting and subsequent cooling of the saturated air, as opposed to squeezing it. I don't care.
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#4 monkeyranch

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:16 PM

Similar to how orographic lift produces rain in the Sierras, albeit on a much smaller scale. Grumpy side of me wonders why Florida has ruined all of its beaches with giant chunks of concrete, er I mean condos and hotels. Beautiful state but I guess that's one of the reasons I don't live there. Could have used some large public preserves to offset the inevitable development. To be fair, most of coastal SoCal, south of Malibu is wrecked too. Oh right, back to weather. Lake Michigan behaves similarly as air masses/wind/moisture from the west would speed up over the flat water and then condense into clouds as the land created drag along the Michigan shoreline. Summer days would be sunny over the water and immediate beach but with a cloud edge a half mile inland. Very cool story and images. Thanks DoomsDave.

Edited by monkeyranch, 17 May 2012 - 12:30 PM.

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#5 Walter John

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:31 PM

It's similar to a lot of tourists having massive BBQs on the beach and in between the buildings, I think they're cooking those cheap fatty sausages and heaps of lamb chops.
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#6 displaced_floridian

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:30 PM

The relative humidity must have been close to 100%, and the lift from going over the buildings must have pushed it to 100%, creating fog.
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