Shelf Cloud – Richmond, Virginia – July 17, 2012

This photo was taken by a friend of Joyce Lapsley and sent to me.  This is the scariest wall cloud I’ve ever seen. I thought it was a wall cloud but when Joyce’s husband Robin saw it, he said it was a Shelf Cloud and also sent in another photo taken  at the same time from East Broad Street looking west.

Shelf clouds are caused by a downdraft in front of a weakening storm.

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2 thoughts on “Shelf Cloud – Richmond, Virginia – July 17, 2012

  1. John Bodwell says:

    I bet that brought some claims!!!

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