Meteorology (Weather)/Strange Sky
A few days ago we had several hours of severe thunderstorms. During this time we had a brief period when the rain stopped. When I went out with my dog for a quick walk I noticed the surreal quality of the sky - orange/pink color and cotton ball like clouds. Within minutes of finishing the walk, the thunderstorms returned. I have never seen a sky like this before - I do know that a cold front and warm front had come together to produce the thunderstorms. Is this type of sky common. Thank-you for your time.
You might have seen mammatus clouds:
When a cold front catches up to a warm front the front is called an occluded front:
Usually thunderstorms are associated and in front of the cold front.
Airmass thunderstorms are not associated with fronts:
And to answer your question, mammatus clouds are usually associated with severe thunderstorms and are not common: