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Can you name these clouds?


Staff writers

June 27, 2012 — They're called 'Mammatus clouds,' and they could be seen in many parts of southern Saskatchewan Tuesday evening.

Mammatus clouds were spotted in Regina and Moose Jaw Tuesday evening
Mammatus clouds were spotted in Regina and Moose Jaw Tuesday evening

People living in southern Saskatchewan saw quite the sight in the sky Tuesday. 

In addition to reports of tornadoes and damaging winds, the severe weather rolling across the province also created Mammatus clouds. 

"Mammatus clouds are basically sinking pockets of air saturated with water droplets and ice crystals," says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "You usually see them after thunderstorms."

Mammatocumulus, meaning "mammary cloud," is the meteorological term applied to the pouches. They are easily recognizable because they look like bubbles. 

The Weather Network's newsroom was flooded with photos of the clouds Tuesday night and into Wednesday, especially from the Regina and Moose Jaw areas. You can find more by visiting our Gallery

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