Snow on Antelope Island and Wave Cloud Formations

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Snow on Antelope Island Thanksgiving DaySnow on Antelope Island Thanksgiving Day – Nikon D300, f14, 1/640, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 20mm, natural light

There was snow on Antelope Island yesterday, just a light dusting actually, and I thought this scene taken from slightly south of Buffalo Point in the group campground area was beautiful with the snow on the ground and the fluffy clouds in the sky. It was lovely on the island yesterday but I didn’t take many bird images while I was there.

Kelvin Helmholtz clouds over the Wasatch MountainsKelvin Helmholtz clouds over the Wasatch Mountains – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 500, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 44mm, natural light

On the way to Farmington Bay WMA heading south on I-15 I saw some strange, wave cloud formations over the Wasatch Mountains. I’d never photographed this type of cloud formation before.

Weather conditions helped to create this cloud formation. Winds were high at the time, the signs on I-15 said to expect 55 mph winds which means the wind was much stronger higher up.

It is a shame the lighting conditions were terrible but I took some images out of the window anyway.

Kelvin Helmholtz instability clouds from I-5Kelvin Helmholtz instability clouds from I-15 – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 82mm, natural light

About these clouds from

You’ll often see the characteristic wave structure in this type of cloud when two different layers of air in our atmosphere are moving at different speeds. The upper layers of air are moving at higher speeds and will often scoop the top of the cloud layer into these wave-like rolling structures.

The clouds often form on windy days, when there’s a difference in densities of the air, for example, during a temperature inversion. They’re often good indicators of atmospheric instability and the presence of turbulence for aircraft.

It’s widely believed that these waves in the sky inspired the swirls in van Gogh’s masterpiece Starry Night.

A more scientific explanation can be found here.

I’m a bit of a cloud watcher (geek) and I wanted to share the strange ones I saw on the way south on I-15. I really wish I would have had better light conditions though.

Life is good.



  1. Kei November 28, 2015 at 8:40 am

    woah cool, I’ve never seen those types of cloud formations before. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Utahbooklover November 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for the interesting images. And the Van Gogh connection is likely.

  3. Utahbooklover November 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I am also a cloud geek and being a fan of Van Gogh, I found the connection interesting [“It’s widely believed that these waves in the sky inspired the swirls in van Gogh’s masterpiece Starry Night”].

  4. Nancy Collins November 27, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Awesome Mia! I have never seen cloud formations like these before either! Way cool!

  5. Elephant's Child November 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Add me to the list of cloud watchers. These are stunning, and I have never seen anything like them.
    Thank you.

  6. Patty Chadwick November 27, 2015 at 8:57 am

    That is an amazing cloud formation…never saw one like it before…Mother Nature is quite a sculptor! I’m a real Coud Watcher so thus is extra special for me to see!

  7. Liz Cormack November 27, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Wow, have never seen those before. Fantastic.

  8. Azstu November 27, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Excellent post. I see these alot here , just did not know the name or reason . Cool post . thanks

  9. Bob Mcpherson November 27, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Like the cloud formations Mia.

  10. Bev November 27, 2015 at 6:10 am

    How interesting!!!
    thanks for sharing!

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