Mushroom clouds in Singapore? No, here's what they really are

Stomper Kannan captured beautiful photos of a mushroom-shaped cloud during the stunning sunrise this morning (Jun 2) at around 7am.

He, however, points out that this is not a mushroom cloud, which is made up of debris and smoke. According to the Stomper, this is an anvil cloud.

Kannan explains the difference between the two:

"This morning (2 June 2016) at approximately 7am, the 'cumulonimbus incus', also referred to as the anvil cloud, was spotted in the eastern skies and was visible from the north and north western region of Singapore.

"The anticrepuscular rays were also visible during the cloud formation during sunrise.

"This kind of cloud formation may not appear all the time but it was a beautiful sight to behold, especially when it is formed before the sun breaks out from it.

"The clouds are said to belong to the Clouds with Vertical Growth group and also sometimes known as thunderstorm clouds.

"It is believed that cumulonimbus clouds can reach a height up to 10km high and at the peak of their height, high winds will flatten the top of the cloud to an anvil-like shape. Incus in latin language means anvil.

"Once the cloud had reached the level of stratospheric stability, it will form the flat, anvil-top shape that is seen in the pictures captured this morning. 

"Though the shape of this cloud looks like a mushroom cloud, they are actually not. A mushroom cloud is said to be produced from events like the atomic bombing, a classic example was the atomic bomb cloud over Nagasaki in August 1945.

"The pictures captured this morning from various locations between Woodlands and Jurong somewhat look like a 'atomic bomb' cloud at some angles.

"Cumulonimbus clouds are associated with heavy rain, lightning and they are signs of impending thunderstorm looming.

"We do not get to see the clouds in this form and it was certainly a rare occurrence in the morning here in Singapore."