Menacing shelf cloud terrifies Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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This menacing shelf cloud darkened the sky of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on April 6, 2016.

The cloud itself is completely harmless, but it’s a sign that you should run for your life before the storm hits!

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Shelf clouds are a stunning feature of many spring and summertime thunderstorms that often pack more bark than bite.

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Other than for their incredible beauty, shelf clouds are usually newsworthy because they tend to freak people out.

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A shelf cloud is a low-hanging, well-defined, wedge-shaped formation that occurs along the leading edge of a gust front in a thunderstorm.

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Shelf clouds most often form just ahead of intense lines of thunderstorms.

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Even though they look ominous and people often mistake them for tornadoes, shelf clouds themselves are harmless.

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What they indicate, however, is potentially more dangerous.

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These clouds most often form along intense lines of thunderstorms.

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These storms, called squall lines or bow echoes, tend to produce damaging winds when they hit.

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The most well-defined and photogenic shelf clouds occur with the most intense type of severe thunderstorm called a “derecho.”

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As spring sets in over the next few months, shelf clouds will become a common sight. The cloud itself is completely harmless, but it’s a sign that you should get inside before the storm hits.

On Good Friday, another monster shelf cloud swept through Florida.

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