Before you hurt yourself rolling your eyes, maybe you should google mammatus clouds.
Those are real. I believe they are caused by sinking cold air following big thunderstorms. If you've ever seen a good display you never forget it. I've seen mammatus clouds many, many times, but only two of them were in the same league of these pics. One was near Flagstaff, Arizona, and the other in Pittsburgh, PA. Truly amazing to see, and to be honest, it's a little spooky. I always expect the UFOs from "First Encounters of the Third Kind" to shoot out of the bottom.
Quoting KiwiNanday (Reply 5): Those are real clouds, but if my memory serves, those clouds appear only in storms that generate tornadoes.
>> AR1300, actually they are real. Very real. They're also very rare to see.
I've seen them before with my own eyes a few times, but, they were no where near as defined and awsome looking as the clouds in those photos.
>> Christa & Matt27, I think they look like part of something's anatomy!
>> KiwiNanday, I'm glad you know they're real. Regarding tornados, in the section below the main photos called .... READ ABOUT Mammatus Clouds .... it states:
"Sometimes very ominous in appearance, mammatus clouds are harmless and do not mean that a tornado is about to form; a commonly held misconception. In fact, mammatus are usually seen after the worst of a thunderstorm has passed."
Quoting PPVRA (Reply 4): I guess their scientific name really does fit!!
>> PPVRA, I agree. I never knew there was a scientific connection between clouds & boobs!
Close! I was driving during the Flagstaff ones and had to pull over to keep from crashing. For the Pittsburgh ones, I called every friend, relative, neighbor, bartender, well, everyone I could think of and told them to go outside and look!
Again, great looking pics of great looking clouds!
Trav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1611 times:
I was in central Saskatchewan last summer, and right before (or after, can't remember) a thunderstorm a big section of these type of clouds filled the sky... right at sunset. The way they were lit made the sky look like it was on fire. Amazing, really.
DAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1554 times:
Awesome pics. I have seen such clouds only once, while driving through Nebraska towards Omaha, though they were not as detailed as these. I guess I even have one or two pics stored somewhere. Oh, and not to forget, those parts of Nebraska were under Tornado Watch the entire day.