This article has been updated with more photos of storm clouds submitted by edhat readers.
Before the storm arrived in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, edhat readers captured photos of some eerie clouds hovering over our skies.
“The clouds looked like a monochrome Jupiter was hovering over Noleta this morning,” wrote edhat’s resident astronomer Chuck McPartlin.
Based on our internet sleuthing, these could be Mammatus clouds, pouch-like protrusions hanging from the undersides of clouds. They typically hang out under thunderstorm anvil clouds.
They’re primarily composed of ices, and groups of them can extend hundreds of miles in any direction. But they only remain visible for maybe 10 or 15 minutes at a time.
Either way, it’s an interesting sight to see.
Wednesday “wave clouds”