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A father-of-two chanced upon an unusual meteorological sighting – as he spotted a fleet of UFO-shaped clouds in the sky.
Miles Davis was driving through the town centre of Morriston, Swansea, when he spotted the spaceship-shaped formations.
The 49-year-old stopped his car and grabbed a camera to capture the natural spectacle – which he says looked ‘like something out of a 50s’ sci-fi film’.
Miles Davis was driving through the town centre of Morriston, Swansea, when he spotted the spaceship-shaped formations
WHAT ARE LENTICULAR CLOUDS?
Lenticular clouds are more or less isolated clouds, which form in the Earth’s troposphere (the lowest level of the atmosphere).
They are saucer- or lens-shaped clouds, which are typically stationary in nature.
Lenticular clouds have been divided into three different categories, altocumulus standing lenticular, stratocumulus standing lenticular, and cirrocumulus standing lenticular, depending on the height at which they may be found above the surface of the Earth.
On account of their typical shapes, lenticular clouds have been mistakenly identified as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the past.
Mr Davis, a full time carer for his wife, said: ‘We had had interesting clouds all day after blanket grey for days on end.
‘But these particular clouds didn’t pop up until later on in the afternoon.
‘I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
‘I was driving through town when I spotted them and I stopped as soon as it was safe so I could jump out my car and get some pictures.
‘They do look very UFO like even if you don’t have much of an imagination and the lighting was giving them this technicolour hue.
‘They look like something out of a 1950s sc-fi B-movie with a limited budget, like a bad painting of UFOs. It was incredible.
‘Trying to get my phone camera to focus on something thousands of miles away was tough but I’m really glad I got the photos.
‘Everyone I’ve shown them to has really liked them and my wife thinks they’re great.
‘I wasn’t keeping an eye on the local news that day so I’m not aware of any claims but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if some people thought they’d experienced a UFO sighting.
‘One guy I spoke to said he saw the same clouds over the valleys which is 25 – 30 miles away.
‘They stuck around for a good few hours before they broke up or moved on.’
The lenticular clouds – lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere – are renowned for being confused for UFOs throughout history.
The 49-year-old stopped his car and grabbed a camera to capture the natural spectacle – which he says looked ‘like something out of a 50s’ sci-fi film’
The clouds are a rare spectacle and a treat for Mr Davis, who is a keen cloud spotter.
He said: ‘Some days I will take up to ten photos a day. As soon as the weather is nice, I can just sit and watch the clouds go by, changing from one moment to the next.
‘I can lose myself for a good few minutes, getting a stiff neck looking up and people pass by wondering why that idiot is looking up.’