Tuesday, August 11, 2009

142/365 Evening mammatus clouds

In total contrast with the mood of the previous post, how is this for ominous and foreboding?

On my drive home from work last night, an evening during which scattered thunderstorms popped up all over Indiana, I looked up and saw these mammatus clouds on the northwest edge of a storm. They look a bit like upside-down mashed potatoes in the sky.

Mammatus clouds are one of the earliest odd cloud formations I remember being able to identify. When associated with thunderstorms, they sometimes signify a particularly strong cell, since it takes quite a bit of turbulence to incite their formation.

Yesterday's storms didn't cause any significant damage and weren't noticeably strong, but the atmosphere was obviously rocking!

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD1000 looking southeast at about 5:30 p.m.

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