Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mammatus Chariots

Mammatus clouds dip behind three of the "Little Rock Nine" - a sculpture honoring students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, over 50 years ago

Mammatus over Arkansas River

Arkansas Capitol Building.

South Wing, looking north.

All pics taken April, 23 2009 between 6:40 AM and 7:40 AM
I don't normally post clouds to ID Arkansas, but these are a unique kind, worthy of an ID.
"He makes the Clouds His chariots, He rides on the wings of the Wind." (Psalm 104)
Mammatus: root word same as in mammal, mammary, and Maumelle, Arkansas. “Pouches or Breasts.” (Some French explorer or Meteorologist had been too long from the company of women and started seeing things in the clouds and hills!)
I ride a van as part of a pool to work, so it was with some consternation that I saw the morning sky putting on a Mammatus cloud show. (I couldn't stop to get out without loosing my ride.) But it is a little safer than taking pictures while driving. (See folio below)

1 comment:

Tom said...

Wow, fantastic pics of these clouds...I haven't seen a pic of mammatus since I last looked at the Audobon field guide to clouds. Very nice.