Mammatus Clouds Country Landscape Sky Art PrintMammatus clouds with a country landscape out the Colorado agriculture farming plains with a view of two small silos. 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 is derived from the Latin mamma (meaning “udder” or “breast”). True to their ominous appearance, mammatus clouds are often harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system. So when you see this you know all heel is about to break lose 🙂 . Mammatus clouds are associated with very powerful storms that can occur in the summer, and are a sign of the massive quantities of water vapour that are held in the summer air.
Here are Some Cool Mammatus Cloud Facts
- Mammatus clouds can be found on the underside of the anvils of severe thunderstorms (especially supercell thunderstorms), resembling sagging pouches that are made up primarily of ice crystals.
- These clouds can look like a field of tennis balls or melons.
- Composed primarily of ice, Mammatus Clouds can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction.
- Despite popular misconception, mammatus clouds are not a sign that a tornado is about to form.
- mammatus clouds can appear especially dramatic if sunlit from the side at sunset or sunrise.
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