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Isolated storms bring photogenic clouds to western MA

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Photo by: James Villalobos in Springfield Photo by: James Villalobos in Springfield

As the storms rolled through western Massachusetts earlier this afternoon, an interesting and somewhat rare cloud feature was soon spotted thereafter. 

Mammatus clouds often form on the underside of cumulonimbus storm clouds. Despite their threatening appearance, they are actually a sign the storms are becoming more stable within the atmosphere. 

Because we don't get too many genuine thunderstorm chances throughout the year, their arrival is an occurrence not seen by too many in western Massachusetts. The best location for viewing the mammatus clouds during this afternoon's storms was in Hampden County.

A strong cell moved right along the Connecticut/Massachusetts border, and as it moved towards eastern Hampden County, began to weaken.

Behind the cell, sky gazers were left with some incredible views of the mammatus.

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