Mammatus Clouds, Rare & Beautiful


These photos were taken by Jorn Olsen.
He works for the Dutton-Lainson.Co in Hastings, Nebraska, and lives by Heartwell Park next to Hastings College. The other night he took these photos, the stadium lights are at the Hastings College stadium just east of his home.The clouds are called Mammatus Clouds. They do not precede a tornado, or foretell a storm, but are formed when the air is already saturated with rain droplets and/or ice crystals and begins to sink. The worst of the storm is usually over when these kinds of clouds are seen.

They are quite rare, but really beautiful.

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27 Responses to “ Mammatus Clouds, Rare & Beautiful ”

  1. beutiful

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  2. They look like scrotums

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  3. You just ruined the freaking pictures for me…

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  4. Gorgeous. Depsite the previous comment!

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  5. They are lovely, aren’t they? \

    But I live in Texas–in the heart of Tornado Alley and very often, these do precede tornadoes or severe thunderstorms, at the very least…not always, but they’re often there as part of the calm before the storm.

    Great photos.

    LK

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  6. They look like breasts. I’d imagine that’s why they start with “Mamm-”.

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  7. amazingly beautiful

    RWS Photo’s last blog post..Red-weevil bug – Series #2

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  8. In Texas they call them the fingers of god, they usually appear just before a tornado

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  9. I just saw these clouds in Minnesota a couple of hours ago, the sky was bright yellow.

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  10. Amazing photos I live in northern Ont,Can we seen these an hour or so after a small twister hit around 30 min north of us, Its sureal…Cheers

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  11. We in Luton England witnessed these very strange clouds in the evening of August 12th. I managed to get some photos but not like these ones above,grrr. I did wonder though if the heavents were about to open us. Is trully strange clouds!

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  12. I saw a few of these in Northern California early last evening and have never seen them before.

    The lighting in my photos didnt do them justice . Yours tell the story

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  13. My Mom love dthese clouds, there beautiful

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  14. Those are amazing… it’s like marshmallow fluff!

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  16. Last pic looks like asscheeks. Look out below…

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  17. I love to eat Marshmallows every day he he he.’.*

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  18. They remind me of villi inside a human’s intestines/throat. Kinda creepy, but still rather beautiful.

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  19. i have never seen clouds that look like that,i am officialy stunned,thank you for putting these up,they are amazing looking, ;-)

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  20. marshmallows with cheese is the stuff that i always munch~`~

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  21. awesome fotos, i didn’t even know that this kind of clouds exists…

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  22. They do look like scrotums.

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  23. Had these clouds in Okmulgee Oklahoma end of april 2011. People that lived here all there life have never seen anything like. Yes they are rare and beautiful!

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  24. These are awesome photos. I never knew they even existed until I videotaped some forming over my mother’s house. I have the video here:

    http://youtu.be/8HSt36VhcNs

    Thanks for sharing!
    Eric

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  25. I saw these clouds a week ago in Ct ther wonderful the sky turned a bright yellow nd then fiery red me nd my friends thought the sky would fall nothiing ever happened though everyone took pictures

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  26. LOVE IT

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