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Lake Marble Falls, Texas

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Scary looking thunderstorm forms over Marble Falls, Texas.jpg
Shelf clouds as this one formed over Marble Falls, Texas are a type of arcus cloud, formed by colliding updrafts and downdrafts. As a storm vacuums up warm air from below, it also pumps out cooler air at the top, which can spill forward, slip below the warm updrafts and condense into a horizontal "shelf." While some arcus clouds float away on their own — they're known as "roll clouds" — shelf clouds like this one remain attached to their parent storms.

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