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Old 05-10-2011, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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This was immediately after 2 inch hail at the Whole Foods near Lake Calhoun. Anyone know what these are called? I've never seen anything like it.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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This was immediately after 2 inch hail at the Whole Foods near Lake Calhoun. Anyone know what these are called? I've never seen anything like it.
Cumulus mammatus, hopefully DanInEGF will stumble upon this thread and provide some more insight into this phenomena....
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:36 PM
 
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This was immediately after 2 inch hail at the Whole Foods near Lake Calhoun. Anyone know what these are called? I've never seen anything like it.
wow this is so crazy beautiful..
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:58 PM
 
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That's crazy! Also everything seemed to be tinted orange around where I was. It was pretty crazy.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Woodbury
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Mammatus clouds have such a name because of their similarity in appearance to breasts. That is the truth. There are lots of theories as to why they develop. I'll let a more learned person elaborate on those, but I will say that most of the theories are based on the extreme differences in temperature, humidity, and wind shear within a cumulonimbus cloud.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:23 AM
 
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Whatever the technical term, we just call them hail clouds. Clouds like those, as you discovered, often produce hail.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:12 AM
 
Location: MN
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I was @ the Twins game last night. I saw these, it was pretty crazy. Unfortunately this was the most entertaining thing of the night.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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We had hail the size of canned hams last night.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Home in NOMI
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I went outside in the middle of the hail shower to collect samples, then ran back into the house to stuff some hailstones in the freezer. I didn't get hit, which rather surprised me. Those crazy clouds went right over us.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:58 AM
 
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Here is one I quickly snapped last night. It was such an eery color. Sorry about the flash.

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