Five facts about those crazy clouds this morning

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Chris Rossmann

This morning, intense rolling clouds blanketed the normally peaceful Georgia Southern sky. Students stopped on their way to class to stare up into the heavens and take pictures and send them in, wondering just what was going on in the sky.

At the George-Anne, we contacted Paul Rossmann, a Meterologist at the National Weather Service to give us some answers.

1. No, the clouds are not gravity clouds. The clouds we saw this morning were the typical rolling clouds you get with thunderstorms cut by a low level wind shear.

2. The cloud formations are very common, but are only formed from convective type showers or storms

3. Areas like this typically contain strong winds and severe turbulence, bad news for any aircraft in the area.

4. The cloud pattern we saw was formed by a downdraft of wind that comes from the bottom of rain showers and thunderstorms.

5. Cloud formations like this almost always bring rain shortly after, and this morning was no exception.