Asperitas clouds form rippling waves in the sky

Asperitas clouds

There are all types of stunning clouds — Lenticular, Mammatas — to name a couple.

But the asperitas clouds take center stage. These clouds, which are dark and storm-like, look like Van Gogh painted waves in the sky.

Asperitas clouds form in the wake of thunderstorms like Mammatus clouds, yet unlike the latter, asperitas clouds appear more turbulent. Rising winds chip at the clouds to give them their unusual, undulating shape that resembles a rough sea surface.

Undulatus Asperitas is a unique and rare cloud formation. They are a new classification, only recognized by the World Meteorological Organization in 2015 — the first new cloud type to emerge in 60 years.

The manner of clouds always amazes.