Dallas weather: What caused those striped clouds in the sky on Monday

Several FOX 4 viewers sent in pictures to our weather team of a strange sight in the skies on Monday.

The clouds appeared to look like stripes for many, with some seeing lines of clouds with gaps of blue sky in between. 

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Carrie Kuban from Glen Rose sent a great example.

Cloud Streets in Glen Rose (Courtesy: Carrie Kuban) 

They are called "roll clouds" and if you get many in a row they are called "cloud streets." Basically a wave in the atmosphere (like in the ocean) starts and causes a flat cloud deck to have ups and downs.

You can think about it like this: If the atmosphere is a pond, and you throw a pebble in you see ripples. In cases where you see the blue sky, clouds are evaporating in the lower parts of that ripple.

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Clouds on March 20, 2023 (Courtesy: Toni Ferioli)

They form when you have a flat layer of Stratus clouds that are parallel to the direction of the wind.

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If you ever see anything cool in the sky feel free to reach out to our team on Facebook, Twitter or email, and we will give you an explanation!