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What are those clouds that illuminated the Green Country skies yesterday?

Mammatus Clouds in Owasso
Posted at 2:24 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 15:31:08-04

TULSA — The all to familiar sound of tornado sirens filled the air for the first time this Spring season on Tuesday evening, causing several residents in Green Country to seek shelter.

As the storm approached the city of Tulsa, the sky became a deep blue green color, as if the ocean had taken over, with one large swirling wave moving down the west side of the Arkansas River.

Eric, a 2 Works for You viewer, sent the below picture of the storm as it approached Jenks near the Creek Turnpike.

April 28 Storm in Jenks
April 28 Storm in Jenks

The storm moved quickly and the circulation never touched down in the city, or those surrounding it. Right after the threat moved on, hail began to rain down, ranging from pea to ping pong in size.

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But it was after the storm, when residents began to go outside to see if there was any damage, or to check out what was causing that bright orange red light coming through their window, that Green Country was reminded of the mammatus cloud.

Mammatus Clouds in Tulsa

2 Works for You began to get email after email containing gorgeous pictures of these round, drop-like, clouds across Green Country.

From Bartlesville to Sand Springs, viewers shared their interest and excitement in these cloud formations. To see a gallery of the mammatus cloud photos viewers sent in, click here.

Wondering what is a mammatus cloud?

2 Works for You's Chief Meteorologist Mike Collier explains it below:

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