Smooth and wavy clouds were common in the area this afternoon as isolated storms moved through the area.
The cloud type has an official name: Undulatus asperatus
If they look like waves on an ocean, well, that’s actually a good way to look at it!
Dry air near the surface limits cloud development near the ground, allowing us to see the turbulence in the clouds higher above.
It’s where the clouds touch the dry air that reveals the waves and turns in the airstreams above.
They don’t always mean severe weather but do often reveal turbulence in the upper atmosphere often connected to strong storms.