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  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
  • Weather Preferences: Snowy winters, hot, sunny springs and summers.
  • Location: Runcorn, Cheshire
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  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL
  • Location: Poole, Dorset 42m ASL

I could have sworn they were taken up by the Cloud Appreciation society and identified.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

the cloud Mammatus, at least for the first one, comes to mind

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

I could have sworn they were taken up by the Cloud Appreciation society and identified.

Yes, they were, the Cloud Appreciation Society named them "asperatus", though the new cloud formation is still yet to achieve full scientific approval. I have doubts about whether the pictures in that article are good representations of what the cloud really looks like as they have an enhanced look to them, especially the second one.

Wikipedia has an article on this cloud type:

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

Some decent examples of the cloud formation over at the Guardian, some of which don't appear to be significantly enhanced:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2009/jun/01/2#/?picture=348217740&index=5

As an aside, while I haven't seen clouds as striking as those, I sometimes see slightly undulating cloud formations and end up unsure how to classify them, like this one at Cleadon just ten minutes ago:

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