Mushroom cloud over BC

UPDATE 12:22 p.m.

An avid Castanet reader and cloud watcher has reached out to us to let us know the technical name for the "mushroom cloud" is actually called a lenticular cloud (Altocumulus lenticularis in Latin). According to Wikipedia,  lenticular clouds are stationary clouds that form in the troposphere, typically in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. They are often comparable in appearance to a lens or saucer.

Because of their unique appearance, they have been brought forward as an explanation for some unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings.

ORIGINAL 8:04 a.m.

Castanet has received more spectacular aerial photos that illustrate just how serious the smoke situation is in our province.

These two photos show the height and the depth of the smoke that blankets virtually the entire province of B.C.

The first photo taken by a pilot, shows a large nuclear looking mushroom cloud which has formed over the Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the Cariboo region.

"Mushroom cloud being generated by intense heat from interior wildfires near Tweedsmuir Provincial Park taken from WestJet flight. Followed by a Smokey approach into YVR at sundown."

Wildfires are raging throughout the province impacting health and safety and travel.

Environment Canada's smoky skies bulletin remains in effect and the BC Air Quality website indicates the air quality health index is listed at 6 right now for the entire Okanagan but it is expected to rise to hover between 8 and 7 depending on winds Friday.


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