A rare roll cloud passed over the town of New Orleans in Louisiana on January 16, 2018. The tube-shaped cloud was captured in dramatic pictures and videos as it swept across the sky. Despite its appearance, this rare type of arcus cloud is not a type of tornado or a biblical omen, but a low, horizontal formation caused by an outflow of cold air. The amazing cloud formation is similar to a shelf cloud, but is unusually detached from the surrounding cloud features. Did you see the crazy clouds push through downtown New Orleans around 8 a.m. this morning?

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This rare cloud rolled over New Orleans this morning. via Instagram
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Downtown New Orleans looks pretty small compared to the giagantic roll cloud. via Instagram

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The rare roll cloud seemd to stretch over several miles across New Orleans. via Instagram
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The roll cloud phenomenon can last for several hours and often appear on the edge of a thunderstorm. via Instagram

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Roll clouds like shelf clouds are two types of arcus clouds, which is a low, horizontal cloud formation. via VK
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Have you seen it rolling over New Orleans on January 16, 2018? via VK

An arctic airmass is moving through the region Tuesday (Jan. 16), bringing freezing temperatures and the possibility of snow to the New Orleans metro area. Did you see the crazy clouds push through downtown New Orleans around 8 a.m.?

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