YOUR PHOTOS: Rainbows, mammatus clouds seen after severe storms Tuesday


Top video: Rainbow spotted after thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon in Bastrop, Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Severe storms hit parts of Central Texas, especially Fayette County, Tuesday afternoon into the evening. A tornado was confirmed just north of Schulenburg, according to the National Weather Service.

We’re all familiar with the orange-yellow — and sometimes even green — glow the sky turns when strong storms form in Central Texas. Some viewers captured some spectacular sunset shots in their own backyards, complete with rainbows, mammatus clouds and lightning.

Here’s a gallery of some of the best shots.

MAMMATUS CLOUDS: These clouds are formed when sinking air is cooler than the air around it, according to AccuWeather. They also must have high liquid water or ice content.

  • Mammatus clouds over Lake Travis (Courtesy of Preston Gregg)
  • Mammatus clouds over Hutto after the storms (Courtesy of Krystal Stinson)
  • Mammatus clouds in Leander (Courtesy of Gabriela Diana)
  • Mammatus clouds in Pflugerville (Courtesy Brad Perine)
  • Mammatus clouds in Austin (Courtesy of Janet Butler)
  • Mammatus clouds in Travis County (Courtesy Laura Dow)

RAINBOWS: For rainbows to form, you need three things: sunlight, rain and the perfect location.

  • Rainbow in Smithville (Courtesy of Johnnie Thomas)
  • Rainbow in Bastrop, Texas (Courtesy of Brenda Baker)
  • Double rainbow in Elgin (Courtesy Gina Dodd)
  • Rainbow in Elgin (Courtesy Ashley Killgore)
  • Double rainbow in Alum Creek (Courtesy Annabel Morris)
  • Rainbow in Winchester, Texas (Courtesy of Karen Robbins)

LIGHTNING: Lightning is a big spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air or the ground, according to The National Severe Storms Laboratory.

  • Lightning in Del Valle (Courtesy of Emma Lowe)
  • Lightning/rainbow captured in Engle in Fayette County (Courtesy of Stephen Crim)
  • Lightning captured in Engle in Fayette County (Courtesy of Stephen Crim)
  • Lightning, rainbow in Bastrop, Texas (Courtesy Natalie Campbell)
  • Lightning in Giddings, Texas (Courtesy Faydra Grimm)

This awesome video of lightning seen over Austin was sent in by Eduardo Briceno.

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