Strange clouds spotted forming over Wirral town – but what do they mean ?

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This stunning picture showed unusual clouds forming over the skies on Wirral.

The picture was taken by Neil Crick who spotted the strange formation over West Kirby this morning.

According to weather expert Liam Dutton who presents channel 4 weather, they are Mammatus clouds.

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Mammatus clouds form when cold air sinks down to form the pockets contrary to the puffs of clouds rising through the convection of warm air.

They can be associated with convectively induced turbulence and can often appear before thunderstorms indicating that severe weather is on the way.

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