Sunday, December 30, 2007

The weirdest clouds I have ever seen - Mammatus Clouds Over Mexico

I have seen some low-lying strange clouds before, but nothing like these. Have any of you ever seen this type of cloud formation?
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Credit & Copyright: Raymundo Aguirre

Explanation: Normal cloud bottoms are flat because moist warm air that rises and cools will condense into water droplets at a very specific temperature, which usually corresponds to a very specific height. After water droplets form that air becomes an opaque cloud. Under some conditions, however, cloud pockets can develop that contain large droplets of water or ice that fall into clear air as they evaporate. Such pockets may occur in turbulent air near a thunderstorm, being seen near the top of an anvil cloud, for example. Resulting mammatus clouds can appear especially dramatic if sunlit from the side. These mammatus clouds were photographed over Monclova, Mexico.

1 comment:

Greg said...

OMG I must be perverted!
I swear I was seeing a bunch of men's bubble-butts in the sky! lol

Cool cloud picture though.