Spectacular mammatus clouds spotted over Chesterfield after wind and heavy rain

These incredibles pictures, taken by Gareth Clark, show strange shaped clouds in the sky over Chesterfield after wind and heavy rain battered the town.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 1:36 pm

The so-called mammatus clouds were captured over Brampton on Thursday evening, with rain falling shortly after they rolled through the sky.

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The mammatus clouds over Brampton on Thursday evening

Mammatus clouds are commonly found in the vicinity of thunderstorms and are formed by descending air in the cloud.

The clouds are sometimes described as looking like a field of tennis balls and appear to have pouch-like protrusions hanging down.

It’s from this shape that they get their name, through the Latin word "mamma", meaning udder or breast.

The mammatus clouds over Brampton on Thursday evening

They are said to be some of the most unusual and distinctive clouds formations, and can extend hundreds of miles in any direction, remaining visible in your sky for perhaps 10 or 15 minutes at a time.

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Clouds over Brampton
The mammatus clouds over Brampton on Thursday evening
The mammatus clouds over Brampton on Thursday evening