Lubbockites Wonder About Weird Cloud Formation During Storms
It's time for some geeky knowledge! During the storms on Thursday evening (May 23rd), you'd be hard pressed to not see posts on social media from across the region featuring some strange looking clouds.
Weather.com says: "Mammatus clouds are round, protrubing-looking structures that are found on the underside of a larger, parent cloud. They can occur with cirrus clouds, stratocumulus clouds, and cumulonimbus clouds."
During Thursday's thunderstorms, the display of mammatus clouds was hard to miss, and were spotted on the bottom side of the anvil, which is the top of a storm cloud being blown out by wind in the upper levels of the atmosphere.
Mammatus clouds are typically associated with severe storms, but are harmless as far as severe weather goes. The clouds get their name from the Latin derivative "mamma," meaning "udder" or "breast."