Weird boob clouds spotted in darkening skies as Storm Dudley smashes into UK

A skywatcher caught a very strange cloud formation on camera hours before Storm Dudley smashed into the UK on Wednesday (February 16).

In the clip, dumpling-shaped clouds hang in the sky above a line of terraced houses in a residential Glasgow street.

The clouds are sailing along quite fast and appear to be quite low in the sky and their shape is definitely "weird", as observed by Brian Morrison who recorded the phenomenon and shared it on his @bripmo Twitter account

Other viewers confirmed the strange shapes were known as Mammatus clouds and were seldomly seen, due to the unusual atmospheric conditions needed.

One said: "They are Mammatus clouds. They occur when the atmosphere is unstable."

Another person joked: "Is it wrong I call them boob clouds?"

Someone else tweeted: "Quite right actually, it's where their name comes from… The name Mammatus is derived from the Latin mamma (meaning 'udder' or 'breast')."

A fourth viewer observed: "Sort of looks like there's a face in the clouds when you turn the phone around. Very creepy. Awesome photo."

Someone else said: "Aw man, you’re very lucky to see those, I’m slightly jealous."

"Lotta energy in those clouds. Take an umbrella if you go out," warned another person.

The Met Office released amber and yellow weather warnings ahead of a spate of extremely windy weather and gales warned to possibly reach 100mph in small pockets of the UK.

Its warning states: "Storm Dudley to bring a spell of very strong winds and a risk of disruption later Wednesday and into the small hours of Thursday."

Trains have been cancelled and there has been travel disruption caused by falling trees but, so far, there have been no serious injuries or deaths reported.

On Friday the effects of Storm Eunice are set to bring a "period of very strong winds that could cause significant disruption."

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