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Mammatus Clouds Over Monroe County Pennsylvania

I have only had the opportunity to photograph Mammatus clouds in Pennsylvania on two occasions, one of them was yesterday afternoon (March 17, 2016). Unfortunately, the only camera I had available at the time was my trusty Apple iPhone 5S. I managed to capture the huge formation using the panorama mode of the camera.

Mammatus Clouds

Mammatus Clouds

Tech Specs: Apple iPhone 5S, ISO 32, 1/2160 second, f/2.2, 4mm, panorama mode.

The Science: From what I have learned, the formation of these clouds is still not fully understood, there are several theories surrounding the formation. From Wikipedia – Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus (meaning “mammary cloud”),is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. The name mammatus is derived from the Latin mamma (meaning “udder” or “breast”).

Clear skies!

…Tom

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