Mount Shasta is not only beautiful, it also holds an air of mystery. The mountain is a supposed hotbed of paranormal activity and the incredible clouds that surround it add to its mystique.
Lenticular clouds are stationary clouds that form in the troposphere, typically in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. They are often comparable in appearance to a lens or saucer and they hang out around Mount Shasta roughly 60 days a year.
Many have hypothesized that these saucer-shaped clouds are a cover for alien spacecraft entering and exiting the mountain. This theory is a little far-fetched, but the vision of a pure lenticular cloud over Shasta certainly gives this illusion.
In the 1800’s, Yreka teenager Frederick Spencer Oliver claimed to have found an underground city in the mountain. Oliver’s book, A Dweller on Two Planets, are the first published writings that claim alien vessels enter the mountain through these lenticular clouds. His writings went on to form the “I AM” movement.
Even before Oliver’s writings, local Native American tribes have held many beliefs surrounding the mountain for thousands of years. They believed Shasta was inhabited by the spirit chief Skell who descended from heaven to the mountain’s summit.
From a scientific standpoint, the clouds are formed when moist, stable air flows over a larger eddie and a series of large-scale standing waves form on the leeward side of the mountain. The unique clouds can appear to be stationary, but they are in fact a streaming flow of wind and moisture.
Science can disprove many of these paranormal theories surrounding Mt. Shasta but the lenticular clouds still provide a mystical experience surrounding the mountain.
We can tell you one thing for sure – Mount Shasta is one of the the best places to see lenticular clouds on the planet. Wanna learn more? Read about the Strange Paranormal Activity of Mt. Shasta.
Here’s some more photos of lenticular clouds over Mt. Shasta: