Photos: Ominous shelf clouds roll through Nebraska and Kentucky

August 18, 2014
A shelf cloud rolls into Bowling Green, Ky. on Sunday morning. (Landon Hampton via Twitter)
A shelf cloud rolls into Bowling Green, Ky. on Sunday morning. (Landon Hampton via Twitter)

“Shelfies” dominated social weather feeds this weekend as strong storms rolled through Nebraska and Kentucky. A “shelfie,” of course, is a photo of a shelf cloud shared on social media.

Storms began to fire on Saturday evening in Missouri and Illinois, and by early Sunday morning, they had tracked all the way into Kentucky. These storms put on a show with lightning and a massive shelf cloud.

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Later on Sunday, a cluster of storms formed in northwest Nebraska, which quickly swept southeast across the state toward Grand Island. By 9 p.m., an intense storm was bearing down on southern Nebraska cities with strong winds and heavy rain. a 51 mph gust was recorded in Kearney, Neb., and an 83 mph wind gust was reported in Hastings, Neb.

Shelf clouds are formed as cool, moist air ahead of a storm’s gust front rises and is ingested into the storm, creating a low shelf of clouds out in front of the main area of rain.

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Angela Fritz is an atmospheric scientist and The Post's deputy weather editor.
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