Denali Flow

State/Province/Region
AK
Country
US
Nearest Area
Denali State Park
Town
Talkeetna
Brief Directions

MP 147 on the Parks Highway (147 road miles north of Anchorage).

Notes

Imagine you are a warm H2O molecule riding a south wind and headin' north. You hit the bright face of Denali and ramp upward high into the atmosphere and it gets colder so you condense into a cloud, but not just any cloud. You are an altocumulus standing lenticular (ACSL) and now it appears you are hovering in the sheer winds, making cool, lens-shaped cloud formations above the tallest mountain on the North American continent. Moose’s Tooth is below and to the right. Have fun up there!

Description

Denali (Mt. McKinley), the tallest mountain on the North American continent at 20,320’, creates its own cloud systems. Wind blowing from the south (left-to-right on this photo) forces moist air up the face of the mountain, cooling and forming wild clouds as it gains altitude. On this particular gorgeous mid-August day, my wife & I were camping at Byers Lake (MP 147, Parks Hwy) when these mesmerizing lenticular clouds took shape. They hovered and swayed in the sheer winds like a ghostly kite, best portrayed in black and white.

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Date Added
October 20, 2012
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October 20, 2012

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