2016-04-15 foehnfenster / lee wind window

Just before sunset there was quite some drama in the Alps today. A weather phenomenon, what we call "foehn window" occured. The foehn is a type of dry, warm, down-slope wind that occurs in the lee (downwind side) of a mountain range. It is so strong, it opens up the clouds in a sharp outlined region and can raise temperatures by as much as 14 °C (25 °F) in just a matter of minutes. Central Europe enjoys a warmer climate due to the Foehn, as moist winds off the Mediterranean Sea blow over the Alps. This picture is captured from my place (where it was slightly raining) looking south, and the wind opened up one of those windows, just around the Eiger mountain. And the setting sun did the rest, and dyed the Eiger Northface in orange.

Regionally, these winds are known by many different names. As mentioned, in Switzerland, Austria, Northern Italy “foehn”, in South Africa “bergwind”, and “chinook winds” in the Rocky Mountains, the Cascade Range and the Chugach Mountains.
Glorious. Like a National Geographic shot. The light on the mountain tips are amazing. FAV!
posted April 15th, 2016  
Beautiful shot with amazing light!
posted April 15th, 2016  
ditto what Daisy and Mary said, just beautiful!
posted April 15th, 2016  
Wow a beautiful photo...a fav
posted April 15th, 2016  
Beautiful capture.
posted April 15th, 2016  
Wonderful capture of the mountains and the Foehnfenster.
posted April 15th, 2016  
Fantastic shot Mona (you knew I would love it) and a great explanation. You are a wealth of knowledge.
posted April 15th, 2016  
Wow! Fav for me, how beautiful
posted April 15th, 2016  
Fabulous. Love the colours. Fav
posted April 15th, 2016  
fantastic shot
posted April 15th, 2016  
Wonderful.
posted April 15th, 2016  
ditto Daisy Ditch...instant fav...wonderful image...this would look amazing blown up on a wall...huge fav
posted April 15th, 2016  
Stunning!
posted April 15th, 2016  
I love the light on the mountains and the colours in the clouds. Fav
posted April 15th, 2016  
The glow highlights the interesting texture of the mountain so beautifully! And those colors...wow! I really enjoyed your commentary, and this dramatic image is a big FAV!
posted April 15th, 2016  
Absolutely unbelievable against black - Does need to be enlarged and framed! Very interesting reading about it - thanks for the background. I'd heard of Chinook winds but now I know what it means. The lighting is fabulous and the composition perfect. Fav
posted April 16th, 2016  
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so spectacular ! Fav
posted April 16th, 2016  
Stunning
posted April 16th, 2016  
Super dynamic
posted April 16th, 2016  
wow. That's a landscape shot to die for.
posted April 16th, 2016  
Fantastic capture. The dramatic lighting and awesome location make the my Fav of Favs.
posted April 16th, 2016  
and we have a similar wind here known as the nor'wester! Amazing shot Mona - stunning on black
posted April 16th, 2016  
Wow, this is amazing
posted April 16th, 2016  
beautiful .fav
posted April 16th, 2016  
So interesting and what a wonderful image to illustrate your words. Beautiful.
posted April 16th, 2016  
Arrestingly beautiful Mona, just WOW!! The phenomenon itself is fascinating but your photo is just so amazing...
posted April 16th, 2016  
stunning landscape - fabulous shot
posted April 16th, 2016  
Wow! What a beautiful thing to see and better to capture. fav
posted April 16th, 2016  
Holy moley.....!
posted April 16th, 2016  
Fantastic!
posted April 16th, 2016  
This is gorgeous in so may ways, and your explanation is so interesting, as your explanations invariably are. Love it, fav.
posted April 16th, 2016  
Oh.... I can just sigh looking at this. So beautiful, Mona. Incredible light and colors.
posted April 17th, 2016  
Majestic!
posted April 19th, 2016  
Fav. Thanks for sharing and liked the bergwind. That is a Afrikaans name.
posted April 22nd, 2016  
Incredible image! Congrats on TT
posted April 24th, 2016  
Fabulous capture. And thanks for the description.
posted April 24th, 2016  
Congratulations on TT! Awesome pic!
posted April 24th, 2016  
What a BIG thrill to be on the TT with you my dear friend! Congratulations! :)
posted April 24th, 2016  
Your TT appearance is beyond deserved Mona, congratulations!
posted April 24th, 2016  
So dramatic! Another fav from me!
posted April 25th, 2016  
Truly stunning! Congrats on the TT!
posted April 25th, 2016  
Congratulation Mona on your gorgeous photo making it to the Top Twenty! Very deserving! FAV!
posted April 25th, 2016  
Superlative work, congrats on TT, big fav!
posted April 25th, 2016  
stunning
posted April 26th, 2016  
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