They say every cloud has a silver lining.
While a severe weather warning was issued for parts of Sydney on Tuesday, the up-side for storm-chasers and nature photographers was a rare set of cloud formations rolling across the east coast.
Scattered storms made their way across Sydney’s western suburbs and the Illawarra region after lunch today, and large hailstorms peppered the Blue Mountains.
Consequently, a rare cloud formation known as mammatus hung over Sydney – capturing the attention and imagination of many on social media.
Incredible #mammatus #clouds over my house in #Sydney right now – never seen anything like it. Warning of a severe storm coming? And just got warning text from insurer of high #hail probability in my suburb (#HillsDistrict) pic.twitter.com/pspGjfhSbX
— Heather Handley (@VMRG_MQ) January 2, 2019
Now over Glebe. Incredibly beautiful! pic.twitter.com/CAeKsKIyqn
— Irina Hayward (@whenwillitstop) January 2, 2019
Storm over Minnamurra pic.twitter.com/QHWcMENRSO
— Ryan Hollis (@ryhollis) January 2, 2019
From Chatswood pic.twitter.com/229Aie9zAt
— michaeloz (@michaeloz) January 2, 2019
— Our Wide Sky🌞🌙⭐️☄️ (@ourwidesky) January 2, 2019
— Wolter Peeters (@ShooterWol) January 2, 2019
According to the ABC, Mammatus clouds are “a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud, and are generally associated with storm activity.”
While the BOM has eased the storm warning, areas of Sydney are still expected to be hit by heavy rain this evening.
So get your cars undercover and your cameras out*!
*Safely of course…