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April 15, 2014:
Severe Florida storm

April 15, 2014: I thought I had plenty of time to catch a dawdling line of storms parked over central Florida, but as it strengthened, it accelerated, and I was overtaken by the beautiful shelf cloud I was so desperately trying to catch. I had to settle for a weaker tail-end shot after a lot of frustrating driving in the severe storm - nature's car wash - and a video malfunction that was likely human error. Sigh. Share

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    The shelf cloud was big and beautiful when I first set out to intercept, but it overtook me, so much later I caught the tail end at Patrick Air Force Base.
    Here's the almost-tail-end of the shelf cloud.
    This helpful passer-by offered to pose for a reaction shot.
    The sky had the look of rumpled carbon paper.
    The weak end of the shelf moves south.
    And here's your Florida whale's mouth.

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