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Mammatus Clouds

By: UMTornadoCamp13 , 10:41 PM GMT on May 22, 2013

Hello from Lubbock,

After sometime of relaxation after a busy weekend, we are now looking at good indicators that are part of a supercell storm. Today the focus will be on the puffy and saggy clouds known as mammatus clouds.

These clouds are typically associated with cumulonimbus (storm) clouds, but they can appear in other types of clouds on peculiar occasions. Mammatus clouds are located around the base of storm cloud, and they are a good indicator of severe weather like supercells and tornadoes.

During our travels last weekend, we have seen plenty of these clouds around many of the supercell storms. The photo below shows what these clouds look like for a storm. Although they pose no immediate threat, these clouds can alert people that severe weather is within the area.

Sunset Mammatus (UMTornadoCamp13)
Mammatus clouds seen after the Rozel and Sanford, KS tornadoes, taken at 8:07pm local time.
Sunset Mammatus

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