No, That Isn’t A UFO. It’s A Lenticular Cloud

No, That Isn’t A UFO. It’s A Lenticular Cloud (Image 1)

A series of lenticular clouds that rolled in after severe weather hit eastern Texas caused social media to stir Monday night.

Lenticular clouds, which are rare for most areas but are commonly seen over mountains, formed in the skies in Robertson and Leon Counties in Texas, spooking some people. Due to their circular nature, sometimes they are confused for UFOs.

Thankfully, meteorologists were quick to quell any UFO hype and explain to sky watchers the science behind lenticular clouds.

According to the National Weather Service, lenticular clouds form when “fast-moving air is forced up and over a topographic barrier,” which is why they are common in mountain regions. Lenticular clouds, though rare, also can by formed by strong winds created by a storm front, likely the cause Monday night’s clouds in Texas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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