Storms Create Impressive Shelf Clouds

Posted at 5:42 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 18:42:42-04

Strong thunderstorms with 40mph winds created some impressive shelf clouds throughout the mid-state.

Thursday's strong storms brought heavy rains and winds to several Middle Tennessee communities, but also put on an impressive show in the sky.

A shelf cloud is a low hanging cloud created when cold air is pushed down and out ahead of the storm, causing warm, moist air to rise above it. As the warm air rises it condenses into low hanging clouds creating the look of a shelf.

Shelf clouds are indicative of strong straight-line winds.

Track the weather through Middle Tennessee on NewsChannel 5's interactive radar.

The storms also brought several lightning strikes, one of which was captured in slow motion.