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July 9, 2014:
Severe storm and shelf cloud in Cocoa, Florida

July 9, 2014: This was a "gentle(wo)man's chase," just a few miles from home, as a slow-moving line of severe storms crept toward Florida's east-central coast. I watched a striated shelf cloud form and move over Cocoa, Florida, and the Indian River Lagoon. Share

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    Storms barely moved as they created an outflow boundary headed for Cocoa.
    The southern storm, in the Melbourne area, had a very interesting lowering, briefly. This is heavily cropped, as I was shooting with a wide-angle lens.
    The beginnings of the shelf cloud appear northwest of the 520 bridge.
    Looking west, the shelf peeks through the twin spans.
    Nice mammatus clouds appeared.
    The shelf moves southeast.
    The striations got better as it progressed.
    I really liked the look of the shelf cloud here. Lovely light.
    A family fished the entire time the storm approached.
    Here, the shelf cloud begins to overtake my position.
    There was almost a "whale's mouth" as the clouds passed overhead.
    A heavy rain core never progressed into Cocoa Village.
    I liked the nice silver light on the Indian River Lagoon as the storm weakened.
    UFOs! Actually, bits of cloud left over from the storm.
    Later in Indialantic, a faint rainbow appeared as the setting sun brushed the condos with gold.

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