Western Light: Mammatus

Mammatus clouds gilded by the setting sun. Melissa Bowersock

Mammatus clouds gilded by the setting sun. Melissa Bowersock

Mammatus clouds, named for their similarity to the female anatomy, are generally a sign of unsettled weather. They often appear before a storm, heralding the unstable air mass that follows, but they can also show up after the fact. These mammatus clouds over Camp Verde came on the heels of a brief monsoon shower, just in time for sunset.

Melissa Bowersock is a photographer and multi-genre author with multiple novels and non-fiction titles to her credit. For more information, visit her web page at www.newmoonrising.net.

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