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6 July 2015:
Dramatic Florida arcus cloud

July 6, 2015: This was one of those chases that materialized when, vaguely aware that a bunch of storms were forming in central Florida, I looked out the window and saw a nice shelf cloud (arcus cloud) forming. After muttering several words I can't print here, I grabbed my camera and raced out the door to get into position. First stop: the east end of the S.R. 520 bridge, looking back west at Cocoa. From there I went to Cocoa Beach and then Satellite Beach, marveling at how the delicate light and color of the layers in the cloud changed as it raced east toward the beach (and I hit every freaking red light in Merritt Island). Share

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    The shelf cloud, as seen from the 520 causeway, moves east over Cocoa, Florida.
    The light and layers change as it approaches.
    The light and layers change as it approaches.
    The light and layers change as it approaches.
    The light and layers change as it approaches.
    Cape Canaveral Hospital is dwarfed by the approaching storm.
    The shelf cloud approaches Cocoa Beach.
    This is looking southwest over S.R. 520 from Cocoa Beach.
    I love how the lines come together here.
    Lines and textures - storm, water, dock.
    Lines and textures - storm, water, dock.
    The arcus cloud starts to overtake Cocoa Beach.
    I am amazed and not a little bit worried by people who ignore approaching lightning storms while holding long poles.
    The light transforms the look of the cloud as it moves east.
    In an attempt to get ahead of just a little bit of the cloud, I raced south to Satellite Beach.
    It pretty much overtook me anyway as people fled the beach.
    It pretty much overtook me anyway as people fled the beach.
    The arcus cloud moves over the Atlantic Ocean.
    Satellite Beach is overtaken by the shelf cloud.
    A lonely lifeguard chair is overshadowed by the storm.
    Satellite Beach is overtaken by the shelf cloud.


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