A unique cloud called the Levanter was recently captured on camera in stunning detail and a timelapse version of it was posted on Twitter by the Met Office Gibraltar. The cloud formation is named for the Levantian winds that blow westward in the area. In the video, the Levanter cloud appears to be flowing out of the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, located on the British territory of the same name in Europe. This site is famous for flora and fauna that are not usually found in other European countries.
“London Gatwick @easyJet flight started taking off from @RAF_Gib this morning against the backdrop of the dramatic #Levanter cloud over the Rock of #Gibraltar. Today’s #levanter cloud just keeps getting better!” Met Office Gibraltar said in its tweet.
– Met Office Gibraltar (@MetOGibraltar) August 24, 2022
The video, which was shot at Gibraltar International Airport, was posted on August 24, but is currently being watched.
The cloud appears to have formed from thin air around the nearly 1,400-foot-high Rock of Gibraltar. The 21-second clip has received more than four million views and more than three thousand likes since it was posted.
Levanter is a type of “banner cloud” where air circulates around a mountain. Based on UK Met OfficeThe banner cloud is a type of orographic cloud, created due to the shape of the land beneath it.
“When the wind blows over a hill or mountain, it is forced to rise. The air cools as it rises and the water vapor inside it condenses to form a cloud,” the Met Office website adds.
These clouds form a layer and then stay still, either around the top of a mountain or as video from Gibraltar shows being blown away by the wind.