Unusual Clouds Seen at Table Mountain

Windswept Stratus Clouds Seen Over the Table Mountain Observatory

This picture was taken in January, 1988, in the late afternoon just after clouds began to fill the skies
above the observatory. The humidity was very high from the deep marine layer coming in from the
Southern California coast some 70 miles to the west. Very high winds came up from the desert to
the east and disturbed this marine layer cloud edge, and produced very delicate wispy formations.

The Zeiss-Ikon 35mm camera with a 35mm wide angle lens set at f/11 was used to take this
exposure of 1/125 second on Kodacolor 100 ASA film.

Table Mountain Observatory, operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is located just west of the
town of Wrightwood, California at an elevation of 7500 feet.

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