The Night The Sky Boiled Over

September 10th, 2010


  • It’s a sign…from above!!! It’s a sign that there’s mammatus clouds in the sky anyway.

  • Wow. Amazing photos!

  • Kay in KCMO:

    Great pics! Mammatus are my favorite clouds and I can’t ever seem to get a decent picture of them. Good for you!

    Mike Hollingshead is one of my favorite storm chasers and he has great pictures of mammatus, too. Go here and scroll down to the bottom of the page: He has other great mammatus pics, but these are my favorites.

  • LucyJoy:

    WOW, OH, WOW! What beautiful photos! Does that particular cloud formation mean that a tornado or bad storm is on its way?

  • What does it meeeeean?!!!

  • Gorgeous.

  • Mammatus clouds are usually a sign that the above anvil cloud is weakening, so they usually occur after a thunderstorm (or a thunder storm may have never gotten around to happening). Sinking cold air causes the mammary’esq shapes on the bottom of the cloud. Sometimes it can be a sign of upward activity on the other end of the system, which can mean a bad storm there.

  • Spinny:


  • Martha in Kansas:

    If those are the other end of a storm, maybe it was the storms we had building here last night. HUGE thunderheads, boiling up and out, just as the sun set. As it got darker, the lightening got more obvious. Beautiful to watch, but people to the east did get stormed on.

  • Sharon:

    I live in NC and have never seen clouds like that. Most interesting.