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Shelf cloud over New Hampshire

Shelf clouds are what meteorologists call arcus clouds. They’re low, mostly horizontal clouds, usually associated with a thunderstorm’s leading edge.

Photo by Josh Blash

Photographer Josh Blash calls this image Skyfall. He wrote: “Everything is quiet, a little super dangerous.”

Josh Blash wrote in late July, 2016:

Finally we had a storm that didn’t dissipate before it got here. I took this July 23 in Rye, New Hampshire, just after one storm had rolled through. This is a shelf cloud for the approaching storm.

It was vicious when it hit with lightning, hail, and wind that felt like it was going to lift my car off the ground.

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“Everything got very still when I took this, just moments before the fury of the storm began.” Photo by Josh Blash.

Bottom line: Shelf cloud before a storm in New Hampshire, July 23, 2016.

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