A dramatic shelf cloud looms over the Indian River Lagoon on June 13, 2012. Photo by Chris Kridler, ChrisKridler.com, SkyDiary.com
Florida has afforded a fair number of photo opportunities since I’ve been back from what I consider my real storm-chasing trip, the one to Tornado Alley. I shouldn’t be a storm snob, but the Plains storms have such power and magnificence, it’s hard for Florida’s summer thunderstorms to compete. Still, Florida is king of the shelf clouds, and it’s tops nationally in lightning (though not always at night, when I prefer to shoot it). And Wednesday, I caught a very pretty shelf cloud in Brevard County, Florida, as it came over the Indian River Lagoon. One result was the panorama above; the other is this video, which includes time-lapsed footage. Adjust the settings (via the gear symbol) to see it in HD. See more images from that day.