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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10 thoughts on “Mammatus Clouds

  1. 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

  2. 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

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