Mammatus Clouds in 2018 Monsoon Season

Monsoon Mammatus Clouds

Monsoon mammatus clouds do not happen all that frequently here. This week had two storms with mammatus clouds. I could not resist a few photos before the storms hit. Each storm produced hail and, at my house, 0.75 inches of rain. In the past week I have received 5.5 inches of rain. The plants are happy, and I’m even going to have a lawn to mow. 🙂

What are mammatus clouds? “A cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud…” Those of you who read Tim’s Off Center and Not Even have seen his view from Corrales. These are from my yard. The first three are from July 31 and the fourth from August 1.

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Mammatus Clouds. This storm produced hail, as well as 0.75 inches of rain in a short time.
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Monsoon Storm Rolling in Over Sandias. This storm produced hail and rain. The light you see in the cloud is lightning; there were relatively few ground strikes that night.
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More Mammatus Clouds
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Leading Edge of Storm August 1. The following night we again saw mammatus clouds at the edge of the storm. This storm also produced hail, but not as much as the previous night.

6 Replies to “Mammatus Clouds in 2018 Monsoon Season”

  1. Beautiful photos. Those mammatus clouds look so innocent in relation to the storm that followed them. It’s always nice to see your view of the sky from the heights as compared to our view from the valley.

    1. Hi, Tim. Yes, those were pretty impressive storms. I’m going to have a lawn to mow :-)))))))))))))) The plants did not get too shredded by the hail, which they have at times in the past. (I want your Sandia view from my back yard 😉 )

  2. Those are beautiful mammatus clouds, Susan! Storm clouds have always fascinated me. Most severe storms seem to go around my immediate area, so unless I am traveling, I don’t see a scene like this very often.

    1. Hi, Lavinia. First, thank you. The skies gave us a lot to work with this week. Even though we had back-to-back nights with these mammatus clouds, we don’t see them too often here, either, and rarely as impressive as on July 31. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. My most favorite type of cloud. I missed the ones outside so I am so glad to see the wonderful photographs you have posted!

    1. Hi, Faith. I’m glad I could show you something you enjoy! Nice to see you! Thanks for coming by. 🙂

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