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More: USA - California, August 29, 2009
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N801UA / 4001 (cn 686) California seems to be quite popular with fires, although I've never seen one creating a cloud this big! This cloud reached heights of around 12,000 feet & was around for a quite a few days, creating quite a dramatic backdrop here at LAX.
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A visitor from United States posted Sun July 4, 2010:
Nice Capture, very dramatic.

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 16, 2010:
Nice picture. And just for the record, it is smoke not clouds. I live here and I flew out of LAX on that day.

A visitor from - posted Sat June 5, 2010:
Nice.. I flew that little Airbus May 25, 2010 out of KDEN. It has quite a bit of pushback at takeoff.

A visitor from United States posted Sun May 23, 2010:
Look more like a volcano

A visitor from - posted Sun May 2, 2010:
This is amazing, but scares me some. I live in Southern California, and this fire was right behind my house. I was thinking more about my life, house, and where we'd evacuate to rather than how awesome it is.

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Wed February 10, 2010:
My new desktop abdola from iran

A visitor from United States posted Fri February 5, 2010:
This is indeed a wildfire column; the heat of combustion drives it vertically. These can get tall enough to generate lightning, complicating firefighting efforts. Volcanic plumes can also generate lightning. Much of the moisture is a product of combustion of organic materials, as in contrails. Nice shot

A visitor from France posted Thu February 4, 2010:
Touching cloth. Love the pic dude

A visitor from Australia posted Fri January 29, 2010:
Wow, that really is amazing. I, too see the old frowning man with the hook nose.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 26, 2010:
Great shot of that pyrocumulus! The fires are terrible things but they sure do make for some dramatic sights like this!

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 26, 2010:
Cumulus clouds develop in unstable air. Unstable air consists of winds(hence lots of turbulence), and good visibility along with other things. If this were a cumulus could it would have blown out of the area in hours, not stayed in the same area for days. This is smoke.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 26, 2010:
Actually a cumulus could, especially one like this one, would not linger in the same spot for days. I have seen similar smoke could like that in FL during the wildfires.

A visitor from United States posted Thu January 21, 2010:
Really cool picture! But it's a cumulous cloud.. Smoke would not be able to get up so high due to the fact that the air resists extensive vertical development like this. This is a classic cumulous cloud with I bet alot of wind shear and turbulence!

A visitor from United States posted Wed January 6, 2010:
Amazing detail!

A visitor from United States posted Wed January 6, 2010:
It looks like that giant clowd is going to eat that airplane.

A visitor from France posted Wed January 6, 2010:
Very impressive ! Seems to be much higher than 12,000 feet.

A visitor from Canada posted Tue January 5, 2010:
Looks like a volcanic eruption. Stunning shot of a rare sight. 5 stars!

A visitor from Mexico posted Tue January 5, 2010:
That big cloud in the background looks like a volcanic eruption. Amazing shot. BTW happy 2010 everyone. T.B.

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 5, 2010:
Does anyone else see an old frowning man with a hook nose in the cloud?

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 5, 2010:
In "1" word - awesome! This is one of those exceptional photos that rates more than 5 stars. I'd give a 100 stars if it were possible. Thanks Peter for sharing it with us...

Capt. Dan
LAX, California

A visitor from United States posted Tue January 5, 2010:
I told you it would work! Nice shot.

A visitor from Portugal posted Tue January 5, 2010:
The major beauty of this photo is the cloud that looks like a man. Ver well spotted.

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Tue January 5, 2010:
Really cool and dramatic picture.. I think the cloud would reach higher though, towering cumulous are known to reach more than 45.000 feet..

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