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Shelf Cloud

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Shelf Cloud near Hope Arkansas Shelf Cloud near Hope Arkansas

 Thanks to Judy Mullins from Hope Arkansas for this picture of a well defined Shelf Cloud!  These clouds typically form in strong to severe storms.  They usually indicate strong outflow winds from beneath with lots of turbulence and good inflow winds over the top making the cloud smooth.  Heavy rainfall is not too far behind unless the outflow is so strong and the steering currents are light that it chokes off the storm's energy.

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