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Photographers capture 'Mother Nature's UFOs' in Tehachapi skies

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A brillian sunset enhanced this view of the clouds taken by Leslie Reynolds on Feb. 12.

Michael Duffy shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Mark Fisher shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from his backyard (near Valley Boulevard and Curry Street).

Marsaili Gillecriosd shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The photo was taken on "F" Street downtown, next to the Christian Science Reading Room/Mountain Music/Fiddlers Crossing building.

Mary Lou Zamudio shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Mark Pestana was shooting from Bear Valley Springs with Nikon CoolPix S8100 when he captured this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12. This one captured the rising moon, as well.

Valerie Beck shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12. This photo was taken in Bear Valley Springs and includes the rising moon.

Sue First shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Photo was taken from her house on Oakwood Street.

Matt Chartier shot this giant lenticular cloud from the west side of Golden Hills on Feb. 12, 2014.

Jackie Hahn-Winans took this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Thomas Felter shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12. He said he was standing at the end of South Green Street.

DeAnna Nicholson took this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from her backyard in East Golden Hills. The rising moon can be seen through the haze just above the cloud.

April Sherman took this picture of a lenticular cloud on Santa Lucia Street, near J and M Dance Center in Tehachapi at about 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Tammy Winn shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12. This photo was taken from the grounds of Tehachapi High School.

Billie Reese took this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The photo was taken from South Green Street near the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Curry Street.

Dylan Arbaut shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Kathleen Kline shot this photo of a lenticular cloud from the Savemart parking lot in Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Hayley Beebe took this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12. This photo was taken on Tucker Road, across the street from Dollar General.

Gregory Hahn shot this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Mark Pestana shot this photo from Bear Valley Springs with Nikon CoolPix S8100 when he captured this photo of a lenticular cloud over Tehachapi on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Mark Bash was in the Starbucks parking lot on his way to work when he took this picture of a lenticular cloud on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

They have been called "Mother Nature's UFO's" and the skies over Tehachapi were filled with them on Wednesday, Feb. 12, prompting photographers to snap shots from many angles.

According to the National Weather Service, lenticular clouds — officially known as Altocumulus Standing Lenticular (ACSL) or Altocumulus Standing Lenticularis clouds, are associated with waves in the atmosphere that develop when relatively stable, fast moving air is forced up and over a topographic barrier that is oriented more or less perpendicular to the direction from which the upper-level wind is blowing.

Such atmospheric conditions occur fairly often over the Tehachapi Mountains and it is not uncommon to see the clouds in Tehachapi, but Wednesday's show was particularly spectacular, as can be seen in the photos here.

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CLICK HERE to read an article by Jon Hammond about clouds in Tehachapi, including lenticular clouds.

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