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July 14, 2014:
Shelf cloud from Cocoa to Cocoa Beach, Florida

July 14, 2014: A line of storms formed in east-central Florida, pushing out an outflow boundary that created a beautiful striated shelf cloud. I shot photos of it over Cocoa Village and then raced east to catch it again at the Cocoa Beach Pier. Share

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    A line of storms formed in east central Florida and pushed out an outflow boundary. Here a helicopter flies ahead of the storms.
    I watched the shelf cloud move over Cocoa Village.
    It became better defined as it moved over Cocoa.
    It was overtaking me fast, so I headed east.
    I stopped at the Cocoa Beach Pier just as the shelf cloud swept in. This is looking south.
    This is looking northwest toward the pier.
    The lifeguard hut made a colorful foreground.
    Nice striations in the shelf cloud.
    The shelf cloud moved out over the ocean.
    The tourists didn't seem to mind the storm, but the rain hadn't come yet.
    Here's the underside of the shelf cloud as it moves over the ocean.
    Over the Banana River Lagoon, the "whale's mouth" behind the shelf cloud was evident.

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