Ask Storm Team 11: Are shelf clouds associated with storms?

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Monday’s Ask Storm Team 11 question: Are shelf clouds associated with storm activity?

Shelf clouds are very photogenic and they usually are associated with thunderstorms. They form when rain-cooled air from a thunderstorm hits the ground and then spreads out. The warm, moist air surrounding the storm is forced to rise creating a horizontal shelf cloud.

You can find shelf clouds low in the sky on the leading edge of storms. They often bring heavy rain and gusty winds with them. 

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