Stamford Mercury readers capture rare storm cloud formations as hail batters town...and there’s more on the way

Richard Noyes took this picture over Stamford
Richard Noyes took this picture over Stamford
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While March heralded the beginning of meteorological spring, it certainly has not felt that way in Stamford.

Storm clouds gathered and hail poured down on the town as people looked to head out nand about this lunchtime.

Natalie G sent us this photo

Natalie G sent us this photo

The cloud formations did provide the Stamford Mercury readers with the perfect opportunity to break out their cameras.

These images show the ‘mammatus clouds’ which formed in the sky this afternoon.

Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus, is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud.

They are often associated with thunderstorms. A lobe can last an average of 10 minutes, but a whole cluster of mamma can range from 15 minutes to a few hours.

Prim Morris sent us this photo of the clouds over Peterborough

Prim Morris sent us this photo of the clouds over Peterborough

They are usually composed of ice, but also can be a mixture of ice and liquid water or be composed of almost entirely liquid water.

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