Shelf clouds from Mid-South morning storms - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shelf clouds from Mid-South morning storms


A quick-moving line of storms moved through the Mid-South this morning producing what I call SLC’S or “scary looking clouds”. The leading edge of a fast moving line of storms often contain what is called a shelf cloud. A shelf cloud is a low, horizontal wedge-shaped cloud. Many of you in the Mid-South submitted some incredible pictures of the shelf clouds from this morning. Joyce Musekamp on Facebook said they looked like ocean waves. That’s a pretty good description. You may also notice a white line in many of the photos. William Baugh asked on Facebook what caused that white line. It’s basically narrow clearing in the shelf cloud which allows a stripe of sunlight to peek through along with light reflecting off the rain bands within the storm. That’s a pretty cool effect and many of you captured it.

Thanks for all photos! Don’t forget, you can always email your photos and video to and we will show them on air and online.  I grabbed some of the best shots this morning and posted them below. Enjoy!

Spencer Denton
Noon and 4 PM Meteorologist
Twitter: @sdentonwx
WMC Action News 5 Storm Tracking Team

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