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Popcorn Clouds Over Florida, USA

27.9N 82.4W

April 7th, 2013 Category: Clouds

USA – April 6th, 2013

Popcorn clouds speckle the skies over much of the state of Florida, USA. Visible through the clouds are bodies of water, such as Lake Okeechobee (below) and cities such as Tampa and St Petersburg (west coast) and Miami (southeast coast). This is due to the fact that popcorn clouds tend to appear only above vegetated areas, since they are formed by water vapor released by plants that rises and eventually condenses into clouds.

Popcorn Clouds Around Lake Mackay, Australia – March 18th, 2013

22.5S 128.6E

March 18th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Image of the day, Lakes

Australia – March 9th, 2013

The often dry Lake Mackay, the largest of hundreds of ephemeral salt lakes scattered throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory, shows the presence of water in this image, taken after Tropical Cyclone Rusty (17S) drenched the region. The popcorn clouds dotting the skies around the lake are also an indication of rapid plant growth after rainfall in an arid area.

Popcorn Clouds Over Sri Lanka and Palk Strait

7.5N 80.1E

March 3rd, 2013 Category: Clouds

India – March 3rd, 2013

Popcorn clouds dot the skies over the northern part of Sri Lanka and the Palk Strait, which separate the island-nation from India. This type of cloud cover is likely an indication of plant growth: increased phytosynthesis releases water vapor into the air which then rises and cools, condensing into small, dotted clouds.

Popcorn Clouds Over Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, Can Indicate Rapid Plant Growth – January 30th, 2013

18.6N 91.5W

January 30th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Sediments

Mexico – January 29th, 2013

The spotty clouds over the Yucatán Peninsula are likely an indication of rapid plant growth after a dry spell. During periods in which little rain falls, plants receive more sunlight, leading to an increase in growth and photosynthesis. The latter, in turn, releases water vapor into the air which then rises and cools, causing it to condense into the small, dotted clouds like those visible here. The clouds are often referred to as “popcorn” clouds due to this dotted appearance. Also of note in the image are sediments framing the coastline, particularly by Términos Lagoon (below).

Fires in Queensland, Australia

18.3S 145.8E

October 16th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – October 14th, 2012

Plumes of smoke from two fires can be observed in Queensland Australia, west of the Coral Sea coast. The fire in the lower left quadrant releases smoke that blows towards the southwest, while the fire closer to the image center releases a thicker plume that blows west-northwest. The smoke from the fire mixes with the popcorn clouds that dot the skies above northern Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula.

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