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Science Behind the Weather: Shelf clouds

Incredible images of Australian shelf cloud flood social media

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:26 PM -

An 'apocalyptic' storm rumbled through Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, slowing the evening commute with major road and train delays.

Flooding on city streets added to the travel chaos and resulted in a multi-vehicle accident in the eastern suburbs.

Shelf clouds are "the outflow from a supercell, in other words, a system producing severe thunderstorms and rotating winds," explains Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon.

"The shelf clouds are the cooler air fanning out."

SEE ALSO: Storm rolls over Sydney, Australia


Social media reaction covered the full gamut, with people expressing everything from fear to awe.

Videos and images have been absolutely incredible.

Here's a collection of some of the best.

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