Cloud Spill

Physics Photo of the Week

August 27, 2004

Warren Wilson College

Cloud Spillage over the Craggy Mountains - Photo by Donald Collins

Looking east at the Craggy Mountains from College View area near Warren Wilson College, this interesting cloud formation was noticed on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004..  A strong, foggy wind was blowing from the far side of the mountain ridge blowing the fog up the mountain up and over the ridge.  The fog can be seen descending down the lee side of the mountain on the visible side, like a waterfall.  Click here to see a time-lapse motion picture (174 kb).

Physics Photo of the Week is published weekly during the academic year on Fridays by the Warren Wilson College Physics Department.  These photos feature an interesting phenomena in the world around us.  Students, faculty, and others are invited to submit digital (or film) photographs for publication and explanation.  Atmospheric phenomena are especially welcome.  Please send any photos to

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