PHOTOS: Twitter Blows Up As Apocalyptic-Looking Clouds Lurk Over Manhattan
During their Tuesday morning commute, some New Yorkers may have felt like they were in the in a scene from the movie “Independence Day” as they popped out of the subway around 7:00 a.m. Scary looking clouds were hanging over the city, early Tuesday morning, prompting many to whip out their iPhones and tweet the surreal-looking scene.
Don’t worry though, there were no alien invasions and the millions of residents that live in the city survived unscathed.
But what caused these clouds?
Well, a cold front was in the area, producing rain and cloud cover. Based on pictures, the top part of the cloud layer appears to be an wave-like stratus layer. If you’re super-nerdy, the Latin name is “stratus undulatus.” The low-hanging clouds are your garden-variety cumulus clouds that developed along the base of the stratus deck. Their proximity to the skyscrapers on Manhattan make them look like they’re touching the ground; giving them a nefarious appearance. But, they were totally harmless.
Below are a collection of images from social media that show the clouds from numerous vantage points. Enjoy!
Meteorologist Alan Raymond
— Lauren Panepinto (@Planetpinto) September 30, 2014
Did anyone else see these clouds over NYC this morning? Is the world ending? pic.twitter.com/GzLeYG8ZKT
— Live Nation NYC (@LiveNationNYC) September 30, 2014
— New York Habitat (@NewYorkHabitat) September 30, 2014
— Skyline Sightseeing (@SkylineNYCTours) September 30, 2014
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) September 30, 2014