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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: May 02, 2014

Mammatus clouds

These mammatus clouds hung over Fayetteville, Arkansas on Monday (April 28) just before sunset. Photo by Mike Price.

Photo credit: Mike Price

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Mammatus clouds are pouch-like protrusions hanging from the undersides of clouds, usually thunderstorm anvil clouds but other types of clouds as well. Composed primarily of ice, these cloud pouches can extend hundreds of miles in any direction, remaining visible in your sky for perhaps 10 or 15 minutes at a time. People associate them with severe weather, and it’s true they can appear around, before or after a storm.

Thank you for sharing your photo with us Mike! We added it to our gallery. Check out it out! Amazing photos of mammatus clouds

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