Watch: A wall cloud is slowly swallowing up the Detroit River


Look at this awesome weather phenomenon!

A gigantic wall cloud is slowly swallowing up the Detroit River.

According to Wikipedia: A wall cloud is a large, localized, persistent, and often abrupt lowering of cloud that develops beneath the surrounding base of a cumulonimbus cloud and from which tornadoes sometimes form.

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Such a cloud formation indicates the area of the strongest updraft within a storm. Rotating wall clouds are an indication of a mesocyclone in a thunderstorm; most strong tornadoes form from these. Many wall clouds do rotate, however some do not.

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