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Steve Horstmeyer explains 'wave clouds'

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A beautiful sight floated overhead on Sunday afternoon in Warsaw, Ky. Viewer Kathleen Niece sent us photos of a unique cloud formation overhead.

These are known as wave clouds, according to FOX19 Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer.

Winds upstairs were blowing perpendicular to the clouds and have developed waves in them just like water waves traveling with the current.

Warmer air is blowing in from the west southwest, riding up and over the cold air at the surface.

As the warm air flows up and over the cold friction and the fact that the wind speed increases quickly above the interface between the cold and warm air causes waves to form.

As the air rises, it cools and clouds condense. On the down slope part of the wave the cloud evaporate as the air warms.

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