Thunderstorms Make for Dazzling Skies over Denver

What a stunning night for storms across the Denver metro area and east. Just before 7:00pm Wednesday night the strongest storms began pushing east of Denver, giving off quite a display as they exited. The wild looking clouds you see below, the ones that look like bubbles? Those are called mammatus clouds or mammatocumulus, and frequently form on the underside of towering supercell thunderstorms. Maybe the most striking tonight was the color in the clouds as the sun lowered to the west.

This panorama captured both the mammatus clouds forming, and a rainbow to the right.

Mammatus Clouds over Denver

For about 20 minutes where was a beautiful orange glow to the entire backside of the storm

As the sunset, you could see the tops still colored through the dark wispy underside


Mammatus clouds | Greg Moore

Incredible lightning display as storms moved east

Storms east of the metro were stronger. Two tornado warned storms tonight, this one as it passed through Elbert and Lincoln counties (but did not produce a tornado), and later a confirmed spotted tornado southeast of Limon, Colorado.

Brendan Heberton

Brendan is founder of Weather5280. He is co-founder of FreshyMap, and develops software for geospatial data analysis and visualization.

Denver, Colorado
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