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Thu Jun 7, 2012, 02:51 PM

Some strange clouds over Colorado Springs yesterday...



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Reply Some strange clouds over Colorado Springs yesterday... (Original post)
kentuck Jun 2012 OP
Liberal Veteran Jun 2012 #1
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MineralMan Jun 2012 #2
HillWilliam Jun 2012 #21
MineralMan Jun 2012 #24
laundry_queen Jun 2012 #36
MineralMan Jun 2012 #64
laundry_queen Jun 2012 #75
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2012 #44
MineralMan Jun 2012 #65
MNBrewer Jun 2012 #54
MineralMan Jun 2012 #63
malaise Jun 2012 #70
derby378 Jun 2012 #59
leveymg Jun 2012 #3
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freshwest Jun 2012 #6
dixiegrrrrl Jun 2012 #22
freshwest Jun 2012 #31
kentuck Jun 2012 #33
freshwest Jun 2012 #39
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kentuck Jun 2012 #35
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glinda Jun 2012 #37
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catbyte Jun 2012 #8
kentuck Jun 2012 #11
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a kennedy Jun 2012 #20
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NCarolinawoman Jun 2012 #9
kentuck Jun 2012 #10
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kentuck Jun 2012 #28
librechik Jun 2012 #43
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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 02:53 PM

1. Mammatus clouds.

They are cloud teats.

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 02:59 PM

5. Yup they are. Beautiful!

Rarely see them in the usually tranquil Pacific Northwest. I can count on one hand the times I have witnessed them.
Indicator of un-stability usually associated with thunderstorms. IICR

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 02:56 PM

2. Mammatus Clouds.

How cool! I've never seen them for real.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammatus_cloud


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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:15 PM

21. I've lived in FL and TX where twisters were ever a threat

The only time I've seen them was here in NC right around a tremendous storm. I tried to get pictures but these are notoriously ephemeral creatures.

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Response to HillWilliam (Reply #21)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:22 PM

24. I'm in Minnesota, and I've never seen them.

I check out clouds here whenever there are clouds. I'm hoping to see this some day...just before I head for the basement.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #24)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:58 PM

36. WE get lots of storms here

I'm in Alberta and I see Mammatus with most storms we get. Maybe it has something to do with elevation or something.

BTW, if you do see Mammatus the tornado has already passed you by

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #36)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 07:50 PM

64. Thank goodness for that.

So far, since 2004, I haven't witnessed any tornadoes in St. Paul. I hope I never do.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #64)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 12:02 AM

75. You will.

I know, sounds so pessimistic but it's all statistical. Well, maybe YOU won't witness it but St. Paul will. My grandparents lived (and now uncle lives) just 5-10 min north of Roseau (on the Canadian side of the border) and they've had 2 within a mile or so of their house in the last 25 years. I live pretty far 'north' for strong tornadoes (we get tons of weak ones) and yet an F4 passed a half-mile or so from my house when I was 12. And I'm not in tornado alley. I know, I'm such a comforting person, aren't I? lol. Put it this way...I'm a Canadian who has lived in the northern most sections of 2 provinces, and yet I've seen more funnel clouds than most people in tornado alley will see in a lifetime. Why? I dunno. If you'd like, I'll do my best to avoid the Twin cities area

But anyhow...mammatus don't just occur in tornadic storms, they can occur in any thunderstorm and are usually on the backside and are more likely when the storm is weakening...that's what I meant about missing the tornado I've seen it many many times on garden variety boring storms

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #24)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:16 PM

44. I've seen them here. Somewhere I have a couple of photos I took near downtown St. Paul.

They aren't common, though, and they are an indication of some interesting weather.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #44)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 07:51 PM

65. I'll keep my eye out for them, but I hope they're off in the distance

a bit. Thanks!

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #24)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:44 PM

54. I saw them here in Minneapolis last spring.



Last May.

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Response to MNBrewer (Reply #54)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 07:49 PM

63. Oh, cool! I'll keep watching here in St. Paul.

Thanks for the great photo.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #24)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 09:23 PM

70. First I'm seeing them in my lifetime

Wow!

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Response to HillWilliam (Reply #21)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:24 PM

59. I've seen a red version of those clouds at sunset in Dallas

Savor the moment if it ever comes. I might still have the photograph at home somewhere - this was way before digital photos became affordable.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 02:57 PM

3. Hope they won't wait too long to launch the nuclear weapons

Whatever that beastie is, it sure has huge reproductive organs . . .

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 02:58 PM

4. They look like cotton balls. n/t

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 02:59 PM

6. Those are the weirdest thing I've ever seen. We're known for our lenticular clouds here:



But those beat our 'UFOs' by far. Trick of the light or shadows, but you've got us beat with those. First one looks like a honeycomb in places, second one looks like a mushroom.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:16 PM

22. THAT is one of best shots of the mountain I have ever seen.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #22)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:42 PM

31. 'The Mountain' is always lovely when you can see it. I used to live in an apartment where...

I could see Mt. Rainier to the south, the Cascades in the east and the Olympics in the west. Can only see the Olympics and Cascades when walking or driving as they are too many buildings between us and Mount Rainier now.

We lucked out with good snowpack this year, so I can't complain about the clouds and not being able to see lovely Mount Rainier most days. Glad you enjoyed the picture. It's from the entry on Lenticular Clouds at Wikipedia.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #31)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:54 PM

33. That is a beautiful mountain.

Reminds me a bit of Mt Fuji in Japan...

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Response to kentuck (Reply #33)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:08 PM

39. Yes, it's quite like that, but I think Mt. Fuji is more symmetrical.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #39)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:12 PM

41. Right!

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Response to kentuck (Reply #41)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 10:38 PM

72. Both Mt. Fuji and Mt. Rainier are composite volcanoes,

that is, the "classic" type of volcano that is common to the Pacific Rim. The perception of symmetry depends on the perspective from which you're viewing each mountain.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #31)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:54 PM

33. Best shot I ever got of Rainier was

riding the ferry from Mulkiteo home to Whidbey, gorgeous clear summer evening, and clicked on the mountain glowing all pink from the sunset.

Jawdropping sight.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #33)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:55 PM

35. First time I have seen this..

We both had the same number on our post !

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #33)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:07 PM

38. I tried to get one on I-90 when the clouds lifted just between some mountains and revealed it.

For just a moment, before the rain veil came back down. And it was blurry. You can see it pretty well if you hike up in the Cascades on a clear day. I did get a pic of it that came out well flying east, except well, there is the window there.

I'm glad you got a good one. Do you have one of those photobucket accounts?
I don't do them, but I'd love to snag that view you caught from the water.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #38)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:23 PM

48. I had the pic enlarged and framed

This was back in the '80's. Lost a lot of pics and negatives in one of my many subsequent moves.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #22)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:07 PM

37. I agree. Beautiful shot!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 08:37 PM

67. you are making me homesick

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Response to mrs_p (Reply #67)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 08:59 PM

68. Hope you can visit soon, then.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 02:59 PM

7. Incredible!

And beautiful!

Thanks. R&K

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:00 PM

8. DId you have any wild weather?

Mammatus clouds usually accompany severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Cool pics, thanks!

Diane
Anishinaabe in MI & mom to Leo, Taz & Nigel, members of Dogs Against Romney, Cat Division
"Dogs Aren’t Luggage Even Though They Are Lower Life Forms--HISS!”

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Response to catbyte (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:05 PM

11. Yes, very wild!

See comment #10

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Response to catbyte (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:10 PM

13. My sister-in-law just north in Castle Rock got clobbered with hail and rain

She said they've never seen anything like it. Now they need a new roof.

Those clouds would have freaked me out. Front Range weather can change in an instant and those look awfully menacing!

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Response to catbyte (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:55 PM

20. I was just going to say that about the terrible storms connected with these clouds....

yikes, I heard Colorado Springs has up to 8 inches of hail, mixed with rain, and mud... see here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47722386/ns/weather/#.T9EG6461m5Q..

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:22 PM

47. Interesting observation. n/t

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:01 PM

9. giant cauliflower.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:01 PM

10. I had never seen anything like it.

It came from the East, heading toward Pikes Peak, when I noticed it. My wife said there was a huge thunderhead to the east. There was hail the size of golfballs and baseballs, a lot of wind and flash flooding. The temperature seemed to drop 15 degrees in just a few minutes...

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Response to kentuck (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:29 PM

26. I had NO IDEA you were in the Springs, lol.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #26)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:32 PM

28. Many, many years.


I supported Gary Hart for President.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #28)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:15 PM

43. me too!

I'm in the square state too, in Denver

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Response to librechik (Reply #43)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:18 PM

45. Yo!

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Response to kentuck (Reply #45)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:40 PM

51. I'm in Conifer along Highway 285.

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Response to kaiden (Reply #51)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:44 PM

52. Hey!

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Response to kentuck (Reply #52)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:44 PM

53. Hi, there, Kentuck!

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Response to kentuck (Reply #28)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:24 PM

60. LOL. My folks retired there in the late 70s. I spent my college years in Ft. Collins,

where my mom was raised.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #60)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:45 PM

61. I like Ft. Collins...


I had relatives in Windsor at one time.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:13 PM

57. I've seen days like that in the southwest. Fast changes.

Hope there wasn't much damage to living things or possessions.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:07 PM

12. Surreal ... or like Maxfield Parrish.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:12 PM

14. I live in downtown Colo Springs...

It was very strange and happened in minutes. No thunder or lightning. The wind blew my screen door off and blew my trash can all the way to my back fence. My girlfriend's car got major hail damage and her house got flooded. Then it was gone. Crazy.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:17 PM

15. Clouds like that are made of Styrofoam

 

I saw clouds like that on a TV commercial, so I know its true.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:18 PM

16. I've never seen mammatus so well-developed...

but when I lived in Oklahoma, they usually popped up before nice thunderstorms.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #16)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:38 PM

30. Me neither. I learned to fly at OU.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #16)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:57 PM

56. This is beginning to sound like a breastfeeding thread

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Response to IDemo (Reply #56)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:46 PM

62. Let it be noted...

..that you were the first to mention "breastfeeding"...

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Response to IDemo (Reply #56)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 09:25 PM

71. I just realized that my title phrase had a little innuendo.

Snarf.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:24 PM

17. They're also called breast clouds or mammary clouds. n/t

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:32 PM

18. Has Focus on the Family blamed "teh gays", yet?

Seriously, first time I saw clouds like that was in the late '80s in Greeley. They were in motion, the whole cloud bank was moving while the individual parts seemed to have a slow vertical spin going on. Moved the cars under cover just in time; hail on the west side was golf ball size, toward downtown it was baseball size, east of town toward Kersey it was softball size and killed some cattle. Lots of property damage, car lots were full of brand new vehicles that looked sledge-hammered, windows shattered everywhere, siding stripped off the side of the house where I was living at the time, and a neighbor's prized VW Thing was utterly destroyed.

Since then, if I'm out and about and see clouds like that I pull into the nearest car wash; a few quarters keep the car from getting pelted.

Yikes.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:51 PM

19. I think the bottom one looks like Bill the Cat.

But that's just me...

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Response to kmla (Reply #19)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 11:34 PM

74. I totally see Bill the Cat too! n/t

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:21 PM

23. is the GOP going to go after gawd now, for pornographic clouds?

Seriously, beautiful...but scary looking. Never saw anything like that before.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:29 PM

25. Hail clouds

Very distinct shapes. Beautiful but sorry if you incurred any damage.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:29 PM

27. my buddy lives in the springs..

sent me a pic yesterday of marble-sized hail. said it was 77 degreees out. wtf!?

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:37 PM

29. Man, I hate when I get hammered and forget where I parked my spaceship.

Colorado Springs? What the hell was I doing there? Were there any cattle mutilations? Sometimes I get the munchies when I'm flying around partying.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #29)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 04:23 AM

76. no, but didja hear about the half dozen dead cattle found in a cabin this spring?

they seriously considered blowing the whole thing up.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:44 PM

32. o my goodness! wow,

 

wow.
thanks for showing us.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:09 PM

40. Wow! If I saw something like that here in MN. I would hide.

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Response to glinda (Reply #40)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:20 PM

46. I have seen them here. And hiding isn't a bad idea.

But you don't really have to panic unless you see them start to rotate...

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:13 PM

42. Tornado weather

or is it The Manitou ?




awesome pics

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Response to librechik (Reply #42)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 09:20 PM

69. Yeah, those are potential tornado clouds.

Just north of the Springs, the Denver area had some tornado warnings.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:29 PM

49. Beautiful. I was at DIA early this morning

And wondered why there were cots all over the place. I had no idea that the front range was getting hammered

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:48 PM

55. Really wierd!

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:21 PM

58. K&R. n/t

 

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 08:32 PM

66. Looks like a new chemtrail experiment, no doubt.

Those creepy freaks.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 11:33 PM

73. Wow.

Just...wow.

I have never seen such a thing.

Gorgeous!

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