While these orange bubble-like objects may appear to be from a computer-generated fantasy world, they’re just mammatus clouds, a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. Continue reading for the video and more information.

True to their ominous appearance, mammatus clouds are often harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system. Typically composed primarily of ice, they can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction and individual formations can remain visibly static for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. While they may appear foreboding they are merely the messengers – appearing around, before or even after severe weather.



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