High Temperature: 82F Low Temperature: 69F Sunrise: 6:15 am Sunset: 8:28 pm Humidity: 55% Wind: s 11 mph Chance of Rain: 20%
It was a deep blue to the south this morning, unlike the typical bulk of gray; a storm was brewing down there. A portion of the clouds above our heads were quilted into soft bumps. The distinctive Mammatusclouds. But 25 minutes later, by the end of our walk, they had flattened, thinned out, and moved on. By noon the sun was blazing. No storm for us today.
Mammatus clouds are my second favorite, after the big fat ones with the fluffy tops and flat bottoms that dot summer skies. (I have no idea what the name is for that type of cloud.) Mammatus often portend the coming of a storm and are formed when moist, cool air sinks into dry air. The Accuweather website describes them as "upside-down clouds." They get their evocative name for their resemblance to a cow's udder. Very appropriate here in The 160.