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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Mammatus Clouds over Nebraska
NASA ^ | April 15, 2014 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 04/15/2014 3:43:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: When do cloud bottoms appear like bubbles? Normally, cloud bottoms are flat. This is because moist warm air that rises and cools will condense into water droplets at a specific temperature, which usually corresponds to a very specific height. As water droplets grow, an opaque cloud forms. Under some conditions, however, cloud pockets can develop that contain large droplets of water or ice that fall into clear air as they evaporate. Such pockets may occur in turbulent air near a thunderstorm. Resulting mammatus clouds can appear especially dramatic if sunlit from the side. The mammatus clouds pictured above were photographed over Hastings, Nebraska during 2004 June.

April 15, 2014

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; nebraska; science
[Credit & Copyright: Jorn Olsen Photography]

1 posted on 04/15/2014 3:43:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
Oh, no, a terrestrial shot... ;')
The Big One

2 posted on 04/15/2014 3:44:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Crullers in the sky. Making me hungry.


3 posted on 04/15/2014 3:49:22 AM PDT by lucky american (Progressives are attacking our rights and y'all will sit there and take it.)
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To: lucky american

:’) Don’t get you started on Milky Way.


4 posted on 04/15/2014 4:00:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I have seen those type clouds in OKC. Very dramatic.


5 posted on 04/15/2014 4:11:58 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: SunkenCiv

My first thought as well.

Could be the nomenclature.


6 posted on 04/15/2014 4:39:19 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

Boob clouds.


7 posted on 04/15/2014 4:52:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: left that other site

Look like Bubbles?Must be a typo,Look like Boobies to me,thus the name,,or didnt the author understand what the name refered to?


8 posted on 04/15/2014 4:56:26 AM PDT by Craftmore
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; Craftmore
maybe it isn't one or the other...
THE MRS. AND MR. BUBBLE, SOMEWHERE, USA, 1957

9 posted on 04/15/2014 5:08:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: left that other site

Starburst is a major mind game...


10 posted on 04/15/2014 5:09:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Craftmore

Yep...my thoughts exactly.


11 posted on 04/15/2014 5:10:06 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: SunkenCiv

zzzZZZzz

(nice pic, just not APOD worthy IMO)


12 posted on 04/15/2014 5:10:37 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: SunkenCiv

When we lived in Southern California, there was a display like that one evening at sunset.

The entire sky was was a dappled, bright, sky-blue pink.

It was gorgeous. Haven’t seen anything like it since.


13 posted on 04/15/2014 5:17:06 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I had read that type of cloud referred to as `mammatocumulus’ and which was soon followed by a tornado funnel cloud. See one, expect the other.


14 posted on 04/15/2014 5:25:01 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: elcid1970
In a weather spotter class, our instructor designated these as “boob clouds,” which signal a major temperature change happening overhead.
15 posted on 04/15/2014 5:30:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Hmm....temperature inversions cause all kinds of weird weather.


16 posted on 04/15/2014 5:56:50 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like God’s beard. :)


17 posted on 04/15/2014 6:01:20 AM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: PistolPaknMama

I like that! You’re right.

I pack also.


18 posted on 04/15/2014 6:38:18 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv


It's a Man Ray kind of sky....
19 posted on 04/15/2014 7:03:25 AM PDT by slimjim12
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To: slimjim12

:’)


20 posted on 04/15/2014 7:10:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

WHERE’S THE PICTURES OF THE ECLIPSE?? I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN ASTRONOMY SITE!!!

< /phony rant off >


21 posted on 04/15/2014 8:10:38 AM PDT by mikrofon (AirPODs Bump ;)
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To: mikrofon

It’ll probably be tomorrow, and then perhaps another one or two in coming months. :’)


22 posted on 04/15/2014 9:19:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Craftmore

I wonder if these clouds occur near the Grand Tetons.


23 posted on 04/15/2014 9:37:55 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SunkenCiv

My first thought was God’s dreadlocks.


24 posted on 04/15/2014 10:34:33 AM PDT by lucky american (Progressives are attacking our rights and y'all will sit there and take it.)
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