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Bizarre looking clouds pique Kamloops residents' curiosity

This image was shared by Twitter user @SoxOfWhite, showing the clouds over some homes in Kamloops, Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
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June 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - Strange clouds over Kamloops caught the attention of sky gazers yesterday.

Pictures of the clouds, known as mammatus clouds, were snapped and shared by some Twitter users yesterday, June 19.

 

Matt MacDonald, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, explains the strange clouds got their name from the Latin word ‘mamma,’ due to their resemblance to udders or female mammary.

The clouds are a byproduct of the violence happening within the thunderclouds above them.

“They’re typically associated with thunderstorm clouds or cumulonimbus clouds, and within a cumulonimbus there are both violent updrafts and down drafts,” MacDonald says.

The clouds are usually only formed during thunderstorm conditions, and MacDonald says to heed these clouds as a warning that strong weather is on the way.

“Typically we see these at the base of a cumulonimbus and they indicate cold air thats sinking beyond the base of  thunderstorm cloud,” he says.

The pouch-like clouds, although interesting, might be a sign you should get indoors.


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