Severe weather systems that crossed Texas, Colorado or even Missouri this week brought not just wind, heavy rainfall, thunder as well as hailstorm, however some bizarre or even spectacular cloud formations. Feast your eyes on mammatus clouds: Deriving their name from the Latin word for” udder “or”breast, “these pillowy, marshmallow-looking masses are defined by the National Weather Service as ” rounded, smooth, sack-like protrusions hanging from the undersurface of a cloud (typically a thunderstorm
anvil).”Dennis Cain, a NWS meteorologist in Dallas, informed The Huffington Article that mammatus have the tendency to associated with extreme storms. On their own, however, the clouds aren’t intimidating.
“Generally, they are pockets of damp air that are coming down into drier air,” Cain said. “I compare them to an upside-down cloud.”