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Weird 'Boob Clouds' Spotted In Darkening Skies As Storm Hits UK

Isobel Pankhurst

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Weird 'Boob Clouds' Spotted In Darkening Skies As Storm Hits UK

Featured Image Credit: Dave Hoefler via Unsplash

While many in the UK braced themsleves as Storm Dudley swept across the nation this week, one individual in Glasgow saw something rather unexpected.

Taking to Twitter, they posted a video showing the bizarre-looking clouds they spotted in the skies above them as the storm made its way across the UK.

In the clip, dumpling (or boob) shaped clouds were seen floating in the skies above a residential Glasgow street.

Brain Morrison, who posted the clip on his Twitter account @bripmo, described the clouds as 'weird'... which is certainly the case!

While some Twitter users also remarked on the strange clouds they had also seen that evening, some began to joke that perhaps this was less a weather phenomena and was, instead, aliens.


One user said: "The Aliens are here. Lol. Why they're appearing over Glasgow though. It's a wonderful city of course."

Luckily, some were on hand to explain what was actually occurring, with one user explaining: "They are mammatus clouds. They occur when the atmosphere is unstable."

Mammatus clouds are one of the most unusual types of clouds, according to the Met Office, and the shape of them can vary; from the classic protruding shape, to a more elongated tube hanging from the cloud above.

They can form due to turbulence, as this can reverse the usual cloud-forming process of upward growth, making for an uneven cloud base.

Storm Dudley hit many parts of the UK on Wednesday afternoon (16 February), with winds reaching 80-90mph on the exposed coasts and hills of Scotland.

Prior to the storm, the Met Office had placed much of the central and Northern parts of the UK on a yellow warning, while many parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland were placed under an amber warning.

Storm Eunice is expected to hit the UK on Friday. Credit: Tengyart via Unsplash
Storm Eunice is expected to hit the UK on Friday. Credit: Tengyart via Unsplash

But this isn't the end of the dangerous weather as yet another storm is expected to hit the UK on Friday.

Storm Eunice is set to bring gale force winds of up to 60-70 mph, and may even bring snow to the Midlands and North.

Weather warnings are currently in place for much of the UK, with the Midlands and South being placed in an amber warning and the North in a yellow warning.

While some parts of Devon, Cornwall and Wales have been placed under a red warning, with residents being advised to stay home if possible.

National Highways Head of Road Safety Jeremy Phillips said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve."

Whether Storm Eunice will also bring boob clouds in her wake, it is yet to be seen.

Topics: UK News, Weather, Weird

Isobel Pankhurst
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