Mammatus Clouds over Sicily

January 15, 2024

Nuvole Mammatus

Photographer: Emanuele Nifosì  
Summary Author: Emanuele Nifosì; Jim Foster

While my father was patiently waiting for a train to cross in front of him one day this past autumn, in Ragusa, Sicily, he looked toward the heavens and observed these mammatus clouds. Pouchy appearing mammatus clouds form when downdrafts, typically in a thunderstorm cell, push cooler air through the base of the cloud deck. Rain was on the way -- you can see it falling in the background. Though strong storms were not part of the afternoon forecast, these clouds certainly looked menacing. Photo taken on October 25, 2013, at 12:05 p.m. local time.

Photo details: Samsung A53 smartphone,16 MP camera; ISO 50; 24 mm; f/1.8; 1/553 seconds exposure; Software – Lightroom.

Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Coordinates: 36,793617, 14,700851

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