Mammatus Clouds

I thought I would share one more image from my recent storm chasing venture.  The clouds in this image are called Mammatus Clouds and usually associated with severe thunderstorms. Wikipedia has the following definition:

Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus (meaning “mammary cloud” or “breast cloud”),is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. The name mammatus, derived from the Latin mamma (meaning “udder” or “breast”), refers to a resemblance between the characteristic shape of these clouds and the breast of a woman.

I’ve only seen these type of clouds when tornados or tornado type activity has passed through an area. They are so different than the normal “fluffy” clouds we see that I thought they were worth sharing.

Mammatus clouds - Mammatus clouds on the eastern plains of Colorado from the edge of a storm cell.
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  • Great perspective Rick. Those clouds are killer. I couldn’t name a cloud if my life depended on it so thanks for possibly saving my life ;-o

  • Crazy clouds Rick! I’ve only seen them a few times in my area but it’s never good when they appear.

  • Man I would love to see clouds like that one day! Great work man

  • It looks like the road is under the sea. Love those clouds!

  • Wow great shot and terrific perspective Rick. I’ve never seen cloud formations like these. I can see this on the cover of a book.

  • That’s a great example of this type of cloud, Strangely we had something not far off mammatus clouds this morning, but it wasn’t quite the real thing. But they are imporerssive when they are as good as in this shot. Great POV too, Rick

  • Holy cow, Rick! That’s quite the shot, my friend! Great drama here, and I just LOVE the vanishing point from the highway!

  • Awesome shot Rick! Love the sky! Amazing!

  • The clouds look like water, very nice!

  • Very cool shot. Quite ominous!