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Did you catch the strange clouds last night?

By Gerry-Built - 6 September 2012 11

photo of clouds

Hey RA!

I took this photo last night of the spectacular clouds over Canberra.

I only had my iPhone, which didn’t cope well with the available light; but I was hoping if this got posted, others who got better shots might post them.

This formation lasted less than ten minutes and is seen over the Nicholls sports precinct.

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UPDATE 06/09/12 17:07: MisB has sent in a clearer view of the apocalyptic clouds:

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11 Responses to
Did you catch the strange clouds last night?
Gerry-Built 9:50 pm 06 Sep 12

troll-sniffer said :

Wikipedia gives a succinct definition: Mammatus (WMO term mamma) – breast cloud – round pouches on under-surface of cloud.

yep – that goes a long way to explain why I found them so captivating…

Great shot too, MisB! Wish I’d had my DSLR on me…

dpm 6:33 pm 06 Sep 12

Maybe it’s true what they say? Gunners is like living in the land of Mordor! 😉

Deref 4:25 pm 06 Sep 12

jessieduck said :

I saw ones like that last Friday, What are they called?

As the man said – boobies! 😀

They’re called “mammatus” (i.e. boobie) clouds.

jessieduck 2:40 pm 06 Sep 12

Yay for BOOBIES!

troll-sniffer 2:04 pm 06 Sep 12

OK the photo has now appeared… and wow! My (limited) meteorological knowledge tells me that these are mammatus clouds, Wikipedia gives a succinct definition: Mammatus (WMO term mamma) – breast cloud – round pouches on under-surface of cloud.
Associated with large temperature changes etc. Nice shot!

Madam Cholet 1:56 pm 06 Sep 12

No that the photo is there, I can confirm that I saw something similar last Friday when that really cold and icy change rolled in. I did take a pic with my iPhone – in the car whilst stopped at lights – I know illegal – and whilst I can see what I am looking for, I didn’t think it would come across really great on here. And your one is so much better – looks like some awful thing is about to appear from them. I wonder what that weird sort of ‘ball’ formation is all about?

jessieduck 1:41 pm 06 Sep 12

I saw ones like that last Friday, What are they called?

johnboy 1:37 pm 06 Sep 12

oh you’re all so clever!

AlpineViper 1:31 pm 06 Sep 12

Breathtakin. I have never not seen anything quite like it.

troll-sniffer 1:31 pm 06 Sep 12

Definitely the most amazing I’ve ever seen too. Sorta belnds into the story as though it wasn’t here. Heck, if the text didn’t call me a liar, I’d say the photo isn’t there at all!

Cheap 1:07 pm 06 Sep 12

Great pic! That’s certainly a strange looking cloud! Most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!

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