Monday, August 15, 2011

Mammatus Clouds


I took  this one standing in a mown field about four miles from my house. This is one of the 162 snapshots that I took in two days of the clouds at sunset. There were just some fascinating formations caused by the very strong cold fronts coming from the Midwest.

This particular cloud formation is called mammatus which are associated with strong thunderstorms. For this particular evening we got the clouds but never got the storms.

5 comments:

Anyes said...

I am so glad you are taking those clouds shots, Karen. Such a stunning sky :-)

frayedattheedge said...

What amazing clouds - I don't think I have seen such a formation.

Dan said...

What a fantastic picture. They certainly look ominous. Glad you never got the storms they foretell!
Dan
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Melody said...

Wow, Dan was right! You DO have some amazing cloud photos! A stormy sky is a beautiful thing to behold! (so long as you can take cover if necessary!) :)))))

Karen said...

Anyes: I hope I'm not turning this into all clouds, all the time. I'm just glad the weather is finally changing.

Anne: I think they are peculiar to the US like tornados. It requires a certain type of storm with strong downdraft winds to produce these clouds.

Dan: They do and the ones that we had here Sunday also brought a severe thunderstorm with 60+ mph winds. These clouds (I took this picture August 10) were part of a storm that skirted us to the north.

Melody: Thank you. However, I am smart enough not to stand outside with thunder and lightening to take snapshots and was fortunate that the weather was still quite calm.