Mammatus Clouds


Mammatus Cloud

Here in Alberta we get a lot of summer storms, they include anything from torrential rain to hail the size of golf balls. They don’t call this area “Hailstorm Alley” for nothing!

The other day I was just sitting by the window looking out into the garden when, by chance, I looked up to the sky and saw some odd cloud formations. I went out into the garden to get a better view and realized that we had a mammatus cloud heading our way. This is the first time I have ever seen this type of cloud.

There is a misconception that these types of clouds are a sign that a tornado is about to form, which is incorrect. They may be a sign of severe weather, but not always. In our case, no thunderstorm followed the cloud.

I had to search the internet to find out why these clouds form, and apparently it is the result of moist air sinking into dry air, which makes them an upside-down cloud.

 

In any case, they look very beautiful.

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4 thoughts on “Mammatus Clouds

  1. Have never seen clouds like this….eerie and beautiful!

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    • Thanks Helen! I had seen photos online, but never in person, so glad I was at the window at that time!

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  2. Super Spooky Well done.

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