Montevideo, the impressive 'shelf cloud' heralds the coming storm - Photo
Weather alert in the Uruguayan capital. Spectacular images of the shelf cloud have been shared on social media
The storm arriving in Montevideo today, predicted by
a warning for dangerous weather conditions,
presented itself in the
fascinating and disturbing
form of a 'shelf cloud'.
Many photographed the unusual phenomenon, sharing
images taken from various points of the
Uruguayan capital on social media.
- not to be confused with
which are usually found at the tail end of a storm, or
- is a low, horizontal, arching cloud that forms
on the leading edge of a storm
due to of the cold air pushed downward by the storm cloud contrasting with the warmer, more humid air mass rising from the ground.