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

Shelf clouds from Mid-South morning storms

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

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 my5@wmctv.com 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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