Sunday
May152011

Massive Shelf Cloud Structure Video And Pictures

Sunday morning brought another round of strong to severe thunderstorms across the southern Florida region. I woke up early to find a line of storms tracking across the state on radar, with several stronger cells embedded within the line. I decided to quickly pack up my camera gear, and head for western Palm Beach County to intercept the line of storms. I arrived in Canal Point around 8am, and setup on the levee around the southeastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. Slowly over a 20 minute period, I could start to see the first signs of the line structure over the water horizon.

Large thunderstorm shelf cloud over Lake Okeechobee, FL.

I was really surprised at what I was seeing, as this massive multi-tiered shelf cloud structure took up the entire horizon, and was quickly approaching my location. I soon realized the whole getting up early and taking off to play with the squall line was going to be well worth it.

The impressive shelf cloud seemed to go on for miles, and now was closing in making it harder and harder to get most of it into frame. I was using a Canon 24-105L lens, and it was filling the frame up nicely! I quickly switched back and forth taking stills and video, and at the same time in awe over the amazing morning view.

Impressive gust front shelf cloud structure over Southeast Florida.

It didn’t take long for the wind shift to reach me, and the winds veered to the west-southwest gusting likely to 35-45mph. I franticly packed up my gear in the strong outflow winds and blowing dust, and took off back to the north.

After yesterday’s severe storms, with damaging straight-line winds, and this morning impressive severe storm structure, it sure has been nice filming some interesting weather after shooting drought scenes across Florida the last two weeks. A drier pattern is moving in this upcoming week, so getting up early and skipping the coffee paid off.

Reader Comments (5)

I saw the pic via a RT someone made. Missed the vid until Todd posted this morning. WOW!! What a magnificent sight!!! Ha! Coffee? WHAT COFFEE?!!! When I lived in PCB, I had to get up at 3:30am to be into work by 5. If a storm rolled in at 1:00 and woke me up, Id be pulling on sweats, grabbing my camera and tripod and running outside to get some lightning shots. Sleep? Hahahaha!! WHAT SLEEP!! Reallllllllly nice, Jeff!!!
May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn
LOL Thank you, Lynn!
May 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons
Freakinn insane, Jeff!!!!
May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStan
Almost too perfect! Love the video showing how long it was. Good job, Jeff!
May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer W. Kelly
Stan and Jennifer, thank you very much. :-)
May 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons

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