Mammatus cloud

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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”).

Mammatus are most often associated with the anvil cloud and also severe thunderstorms.

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2 Responses to Mammatus cloud

  1. iangoldsmith says:

    Weird. Just when I thought I’d seen just about every kind of weather event too!

  2. guinifi says:

    wow – I would love to see these in person….and take photos 🙂

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