Lenticular clouds confused for UFOs

Lenticular clouds formed in skies over Robertson and Leon Counties in eastern Texas after a storm Monday night. Though rare in the plains, lenticular clouds are common near mountain ranges. (M. Davis/Facebook)

ROBERTSON COUNTY, Texas (MEDIA GENERAL) — A series of lenticular clouds that rolled in after severe weather hit eastern Texas caused social media to stir Monday night.

Lenticular clouds, which are rare for most areas but are commonly seen over mountains, formed in the skies in Robertson and Leon Counties in Texas, spooking some people. Due to their circular nature, sometimes they are confused for UFOs.

Thankfully, meteorologists were quick to quell any UFO hype and explain to sky watchers the science behind lenticular clouds.

According to the National Weather Service, lenticular clouds form when “fast-moving air is forced up and over a topographic barrier,” which is why they are common in mountain regions. Lenticular clouds, though rare, also can by formed by strong winds created by a storm front, likely the cause Monday night’s clouds in Texas.

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