Monday, June 29, 2009

Mammatocumulus photo

Skies over our home (South New Jersey) on the evening of June 26 just before a thunderstorm.

These were identified to be a class of cloud called mammatocumuli (clouds shaped like udders) via Gawker...
Mammatus (also known as mammatocumulus, meaning "bumpy clouds") 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 (udder), due to the clouds' characteristic shape.

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