A nameless, enthusiastic biologist's life in the sticks & travel adventures.
Nice, but can't they spawn tornadoes?
Well, I didn't know, so looked it up, and at "http://www.weather.com/sports-rec/sky-watching-mammatus-20130227" it said, "Often, mammatus clouds are spotted on the underside of the anvil of a cumulonimbus cloud. While mammatus clouds are associated with severe weather, they do not produce severe weather themselves."You are right, though, in that pretty much the only times I've seen them is just before it rains, so in my experience, as the quote above said, they are associated w/some serious storm action. Of course, where we are, in central California, tornadoes aren't really an issue. Mostly, I just want RAIN. =)
Oh, great new vocabulary word. The google images are stunning. In the early 80's, I witnessed a rather large tornado in the Central Valley. I kept thinking, it doesn't look like the one in The Wizard of Oz. It's was shorter and wider. Hope you're getting much need rain/snow up there.
Oh, wow, I didn't realize we'd ever have any in central Ca. SUPER cool. =) Thanks for the info. We did get some rain, might get a wee bit tomorrow, but always want more. =)
Cool people write inside rectangles....