Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Mammatus Clouds Over Saskatchewan
Posted on 10/23/2012 3:11:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Normal cloud bottoms are flat. This is because moist warm air that rises and cools will condense into water droplets at a specific temperature, which usually corresponds to a very specific height. As water droplets grow, an opaque cloud forms. Under some conditions, however, cloud pockets can develop that contain large droplets of water or ice that fall into clear air as they evaporate. Such pockets may occur in turbulent air near a thunderstorm. Resulting mammatus clouds can appear especially dramatic if sunlit from the side. These mammatus clouds were photographed over Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada during the past summer.
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Rows of sky pearls! Thanks, Sunky!
It’s a bit skimpy on the kernels but other than that it’s the largest ear of Silver Queen i’ve ever seen.
Ping for when the kids get up.
First glance at them and I’d be digging for my Rosary.
Love, Lt. Ripley
I learned in grade school in Kansas that if you saw “mammatocumulus” clouds, head for the basement cuz the next thing you’ll see is a funnel cloud!
Those are WILD! :-)
I remember seeing that formation about 30 years ago. The sky was green and looked like white cotton balls were suspended under the cloud. I have not seen this again until now. Burned into my memory probably because there was a tornado warning in our county and the sirens were blaring and (of course) we were all outside looking up at the sky.
Bump for the sky bumps, Mr. Civilizations.
I guess we know what was on the mind of the guy who named these clouds. :-))
Gee whiz, looks like the underside of the denizens at a San Francisco bathhouse.
Kewl! ........................................ FRegards
I’ve lived in NW Kansas (within tornado alley) for 66 years and have never seen clouds like those.
I have observed tornadoes out of the windows of my house in all four directions. (Never went to my basement during a tornado warning.)
If a tornado is going to destroy my house, I want to see it.