Cloud Patterns Visible Over The Aleutian Islands Stock Photo 103458412Alaska - USA State,Aleutian Islands,Archipelago,Arrangement,Cloud,Color Image,Cumulus Cloud,Current,Cyclone,Day,In A Row,Island,Liquid,No People,Outdoors,Pattern,Peninsula,Photography,Satellite View,Sea,Space,Spiral,Storm Cloud,Swirl,Turbulence,Vertical,Vortex,Water,WhitePhotographer Stocktrek ImagesCollection: Vetta March 14, 2010 - Interesting cloud patterns visible over the Aleutian Islands. Turbulence, caused by the wind passing over the highest points of the islands, is producing the pronounced eddies that swirl the clouds into a pattern called a vortex street. In this image, the clouds have also aligned in parallel rows or streets. Cloud streets form when low-level winds move between and over obstacles causing the clouds to line up into rows that match the direction of the winds. At the point where the clouds first form streets, they're very narrow and well-defined. But as they age, they lose their definition, and begin to spread out and rejoin each other into a larger cloud mass. The Aleutians are a chain of islands that extend from Alaska toward the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.