Mammatus invasion in the sky of Moscow on April 20, 2016

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Just a few hours ago, on April 20, 2016, a mammatus invasion started in the sky of Moscow, Russia.

I don’t know if some little green guys came down to Earth, but this sky looks really alien to me!

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A mammatus wall engulfed the sky of Moscow on April 20, 2016, baffling sky watchers and residents.

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No, there was no escape possible!

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That looks really omnious and kind of beautiful also.

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Mammatus clouds are some of the most unusual and distinctive clouds formations.

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Look at this series of bulges or pouches emerging through the base of the cloud. Strange!

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Mammatus clouds are usually formed in association with large cumulonimbus clouds.

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In particular when these are forming large thunderstorms.

 

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Sometimes very ominous in appearance, mammatus clouds are harmless and do not mean that a tornado is about to form.

 

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Turbulence within the cumulonimbus cloud will cause the mammatus to form.

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Especially on the underside of the projecting anvil.

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Their striking appearance is most visible when the sun is low in the sky and their pouches are framed by the sunlight.

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