Lenticular cloud or hoax?

ParanoidSkeptic2

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Source: https://youtu.be/MoiI2jChTY4


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I came across this video which claims to be an UFO. It’s quite obvious that it’s not an extraterrestrial space craft, however, I can’t tell if it’s a lenticular cloud or a hoax/prank.

One the one hand, the object looks like what you would expect from a lenticular cloud, it’s white, oval shaped and you can see the sky through certain parts of it.

However, what bugs me is the fact that this was shot in 240p in 2018 which just screams hoax to me, suffice to say, phone cameras were capable of higher resolutions back then.

In addition, it seems like the object is too fast for a cloud but I wouldn’t know about the relative speeds of clouds.

Towards the end of the video, when the “UFO” is going behind the building, it looks like it’s being erased via an editing tool but that might be due to the bad camera quality.

I honestly can’t tell if it’s a cloud or just a hoax.
 

NorCal Dave

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I came across this video which claims to be an UFO. It’s quite obvious that it’s not an extraterrestrial space craft, however, I can’t tell if it’s a lenticular cloud or a hoax/prank.
Missed this post back in December, just saw it.

My first thought upon watching was "hoax".

1. Lenticular clouds form when the wind and atmosphere interact with a geographic feature. They usually form over mountains. It's posable there are mountains in the video, but none are visible.

2. Since these clouds form over certain features, they are almost always stationary. They stay where formed and can't move far without breaking up. The cloud is clearly moving in the video.

3. While moving along in the wind the cloud shows no changes or distortions. The shadows on it stay the same the entire time it is visible. I'm not one of the guys on this forum that can calculate an objects speed by pixel count or other methods. But I think we can say, unscientifically, it's moving at a good clip. Fast enough to be morphing and changing shape as it goes.

4. The opening title is needlessly provocative. "first of the year" "Is it a hoax?" I could go on YouTube and see what ells this person posts, but don't really have the time for it now.

5. Low resolution. It looks a lot like a Terry Gilliam animation from the old Monty Python days. A cardboard cloud cutout moving across the sky.

https://scied.ucar.edu/image/lenticular-clouds

Lenticular Clouds
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Lenticular clouds
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Lenticular, or lee wave, clouds form downwind of an obstacle in the path of a strong air current. In the Boulder, Colorado area, the obstacle is the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, seen at the bottom of the picture. Wind blows most types of clouds across the sky, but lenticular clouds seem to stay in one place. Air moves up and over a mountain, with the lenticular cloud forming just past the mountaintop. The cloud evaporates on the downwind side, so it appears stationary even though air is moving through the cloud. Lenticular clouds are lens-shaped and often look like flying saucers.
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ParanoidSkeptic2

Active Member
Missed this post back in December, just saw it.

My first thought upon watching was "hoax".

1. Lenticular clouds form when the wind and atmosphere interact with a geographic feature. They usually form over mountains. It's posable there are mountains in the video, but none are visible.

2. Since these clouds form over certain features, they are almost always stationary. They stay where formed and can't move far without breaking up. The cloud is clearly moving in the video.

3. While moving along in the wind the cloud shows no changes or distortions. The shadows on it stay the same the entire time it is visible. I'm not one of the guys on this forum that can calculate an objects speed by pixel count or other methods. But I think we can say, unscientifically, it's moving at a good clip. Fast enough to be morphing and changing shape as it goes.

4. The opening title is needlessly provocative. "first of the year" "Is it a hoax?" I could go on YouTube and see what ells this person posts, but don't really have the time for it now.

5. Low resolution. It looks a lot like a Terry Gilliam animation from the old Monty Python days. A cardboard cloud cutout moving across the sky.

https://scied.ucar.edu/image/lenticular-clouds

Lenticular Clouds
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Lenticular clouds
Credit: UCAR
Lenticular, or lee wave, clouds form downwind of an obstacle in the path of a strong air current. In the Boulder, Colorado area, the obstacle is the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, seen at the bottom of the picture. Wind blows most types of clouds across the sky, but lenticular clouds seem to stay in one place. Air moves up and over a mountain, with the lenticular cloud forming just past the mountaintop. The cloud evaporates on the downwind side, so it appears stationary even though air is moving through the cloud. Lenticular clouds are lens-shaped and often look like flying saucers.
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Ah, thank you very much for clarifying, some extra tid bits about lenticular clouds I wasn’t aware of, will be definitely helpful in determining whether something is a hoax or just natural phenomena.
 
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