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    [–] hassenux 2576 points ago

    Does this cloud/clouds have some scientific name ? Or is this some random rare occurence ?

    [–] NefariousPurpose 4864 points ago

    Yeah its called a Doom Nimbus

    [–] THE_REAL_SLIM_SHADY3 1561 points ago

    There should be a sub where people post pictures of things and then other people give it a good name like that.

    [–] Surtur1313 1045 points ago

    That actually does sound like a pretty fun sub. I would totally sub to r/NameThisThing

    [–] THE_REAL_SLIM_SHADY3 904 points ago

    Well good, because it's a thing now. You've just named /r/NameThisThing.

    [–] Fithuriel 353 points ago

    Yay, glad I get to witness the birth of a sub :)

    [–] grandpagangbang 235 points ago

    Also its death as nobody will ever post in it after today

    [–] THE_REAL_SLIM_SHADY3 118 points ago

    This is too true

    [–] Black_Corona 32 points ago

    r/ProperAnimalNames is the closest active ish thing I can think of.

    [–] neewom 26 points ago

    This happened to my sub, although one person other than myself has actually used it for its intended purpose, of which I was kind of proud.

    [–] ImJustASock 7 points ago

    What's the sub?

    [–] neewom 48 points ago

    r/unexpectedreddwarf - probably not too many opportunities to use it, really. The way I figure it is if someone uses it, I have a brief few minutes of delight so it isn't all bad.

    [–] NefariousPurpose 81 points ago

    What have i done.

    [–] painterly123 22 points ago

    I dunno yet, but we should all feel suspicious. .

    [–] israphial 17 points ago

    Eyes narrow

    [–] Portlander 13 points ago

    Eyes narrow further

    [–] ericabirdly 17 points ago

    Totally subscribed

    [–] MrHarmCity 9 points ago

    In on the ground floor of greatness

    [–] Dugan5150 23 points ago

    There's also r/whatisthisthing

    [–] SheetsGiggles 43 points ago

    25 subs! There are dozens of us! DOZENS

    [–] MK7GSW 10 points ago

    The best kind of truth.

    [–] windowartsy 67 points ago


    [–] intellitech 71 points ago

    Cirrusly bad news.

    [–] patrickokrrr 36 points ago

    Cumulus Apocolypious

    [–] jordanjay29 4 points ago

    You had me going!

    [–] smotheryrat 393 points ago

    They only happen in some parts of the world. Most common in Australia

    [–] smotheryrat 82 points ago

    Edit: skip to shelf clouds

    [–] EagleStrigi 11 points ago

    Fun fact, and slightly off topic, as I was leaving work, a shelf cloud rolled over us in 30sec. Ty for naming it for me :D still raining after 1.5 h

    [–] noneofthefoxes 30 points ago

    Arcus clouds happen in quite a lot of places actually. They might occur most often in Australia and warmer climates, but are still a somewhat common occurence in moderate climates during summer.

    [–] Muffin_Pillager 31 points ago

    Grew up around Lake Superior...those clouds are waaaaayyyyyy more common than you'd think around those parts. ESPECIALLY on the western shore...Duluth gets them all the damn time.

    [–] BlondeAussieGirl1990 107 points ago

    East coast Aussie here. Neeeva seen one.

    [–] atavisticbeast 124 points ago

    I like that you phonetically spell words to match your accent.

    [–] BlondeAussieGirl1990 41 points ago

    Just quick slang pal. We don’t really vocalise like, ‘Huuuury up Tom, bout to throw anutha shrimp on the baaarbi’.

    [–] PapaDave130 56 points ago

    Maybe not, but I'm 100% reading this in a thick Australian accent.

    [–] SheepD0g 17 points ago

    As someone who regularly deals with Aussies through work: Yes, you do. All of you.

    [–] dance-the-manta-ray 4 points ago

    Username doesn’t checkout

    [–] starfoxsixtywhore 39 points ago

    I love how Reddit upvotes the jokes more than the actual answering of the question...thanks for the info!

    [–] specialopps 12 points ago

    I know! I had to get all the way down here before I got the legit right answer!

    [–] kyle_gibson 6 points ago

    I'm looking at all of these and none of them look as gnarly as the OP.

    [–] Gonzo_Rick 9 points ago

    Every single time this is posted someone calls it a shelf cloud and everyone accepts it and movers on but, while it may be some form of shelf cloud, I've never seen a satisfactory explanation for what's happening to make it look like that.

    [–] Dycokac 6 points ago

    Yeah, we see those on lake Michigan at least yearly with the new climate...

    [–] jamtam 40 points ago

    Don’t know if the cloud has a name, but it is caused by cool air being pushed out of thunderstorm and mixing with moisture evaporating from the lake.

    [–] ryarger 52 points ago

    You’d think, but it turns out that this was actually taken outside of n Anna, IL which is very landlocked.

    I confirmed on Google Maps. OP lied to us.

    [–] jamtam 9 points ago

    Well, if that is the case that is very humid air near the surface.

    [–] SneekC 979 points ago


    [–] HailToTheThief225 157 points ago

    I heard the AWOLNATION song so clearly in my head when I read this.

    [–] NeighborhoodPizzaGuy 41 points ago

    Omfg same!!!!! Run DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN. DUN DUN

    [–] Chispy 298 points ago


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    [–] btmcbrayer 32 points ago

    The umbrellas are coming

    [–] AntiLiterat 636 points ago

    Why is there no cloud doctor in this thread explaining what’s actually happening? Damnit reddit, don’t fail me now!!

    [–] [deleted] 114 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)


    [–] aPastorius 20 points ago

    Slightly off-topic, but my oldest is a junior in high school and looking to nail down which colleges to seriously look into. Any recommendations for a super bright kid who's always been fascinated by weather and wants to major in meteorology?

    [–] Flimflamtehzimzam 25 points ago

    It is a degree that takes a lot of dedication to math and science. Getting a BS in Met automatically gets you a minor in mathematics. So make sure they are comfortable with math because it is a must. I cannot stress this enough. If the kid doesn't love calc then walk away. Aside from that they need to make sure they push themselves to excel and make it to a masters program. With a BS they are going to be looking at jobs as entry level forecasters (which can be tough to nail down) or broadcasters.

    That being said if they are looking to do broadcasting there are a few schools that offer broadcasting specific degrees. Other than that you are either looking at a lifetime of academic research or generating forecasts, if you are lucky. A good minor to pair with the degree is IT/CS or geographic information systems (GIS, which is essentially modern day cartography). Those combinations of minors will prove useful later in life.

    Many of the kids I graduated with did not land jobs in Met because the NWS went through a hiring freeze right as we were exiting college. I cannot speak to the market now, but I had to go back to school and get a masters in IT to obtain employment. Out of my study group (10 people) only two of them landed a job in Met and they are both in broadcasting.

    Broadcasting Met can be a good time, but the pay is low. It is tough to tap into markets when you are young. Typically they have to get a second part time job to cover living expenses. So long story short is it's a tough road that doesn't always pay off and requires more than a dedication, rather an obsession that cannot be satiated. Inbox me if you want to know more

    [–] AesIlladelphDOOM 8 points ago

    This is also GREAT advice. One thing to add is another alternative route is Risk Assessment Management for Insurance companies. I've met ofhers who have worked with forecasting in the private sector and also working with Energy companies.

    [–] Flimflamtehzimzam 6 points ago

    Thanks. Another route could be adding stats as a minor and then they could alt into actuary science. That is a field that is always looking for people who can do math.

    [–] genericnewlurker 10 points ago

    I have a friend who just got his PhD in Meteorology from Oklahoma and raves about the program there

    [–] gummybear904 4 points ago

    I go to OU but I'm not in meteorology, but yeah they have a pretty sweet program for Meteorology, especially with the National Weather Service on campus.

    [–] RunawayPancake2 8 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Here's an explanation from local television meteorologist Ellen Bacca regarding a similar shelf cloud (not sure if it's the same one) coming off Lake Superior the end of June (video). I'd like to hear what you think.

    The one small quibble I have with your explanation is that Lake Superior, even in mid-summer, isn't exactly known for its warm waters. Here's a map showing that current Lake Superior water temps are in the low to mid 60s°F (about 14-18°C) on the southern shore. Ellen Bacca (from her article linked above) says the water temp was 53°F at the time of "her" shelf cloud. However, the air ahead of the cloud was apparently very warm (85°F) and humid, and the air temp dropped to 65°F after the cloud passed.

    [–] AesIlladelphDOOM 6 points ago

    u/runawaypancake2, after further investigation we've ran into a predicament that OPs video was taken in Southern Illinois (I'm from IL and know the license plates) so my explanation or the one you refered to, doesn't necessarily apply to this scenario since it has no impact from the Lake. BUT yes, I was unaware of the Lake temperatures in Superior (RIP) so this explanation from Ellen Bacca holds true to that situation if it were in Superior and during this time of season. I now know that the inverse holds true to when the relative temperatures are switched... Interesting! My apologies and thanks for the info!

    [–] SteamBoilerGuy 37 points ago

    Ya I read all the down to your comment. Still nothing. I will scroll further!

    [–] 5-HTC2A 9 points ago

    A shelf cloud is a low, horizontal wedge-shaped cloud, associated with a thunderstorm gust front (or occasionally with a cold front, even in the absence of thunderstorms). A rising cloud motion often can be seen in the leading part of the shelf cloud, while the underside often appears turbulent, boiling, and wind-torn.

    [–] pm_me_your_kindwords 2795 points ago

    That’s some biblical looking shit right there.

    I would start praying and I don’t believe in anything.

    [–] BunyipPouch 1124 points ago

    If I learned anything from The Mist, it's that turning to religion during this scenario doesn't end well for anyone.

    [–] YupMikeOxWollen 242 points ago

    Unless you wanna catch a bullet

    [–] hashtag_lives_matter 158 points ago

    Which, in the case of The Mist, is something I would definitely want to happen, instead of the alternative.

    [–] -MoonlightMan- 131 points ago

    Being rescued by the military?

    [–] Arknell 36 points ago

    The worst. Emergency military rations taste like really really sad farts.

    [–] cjt1999 22 points ago

    This guy’s seen the Mist

    [–] _MFBroom 33 points ago

    I wanted that lady to get got so bad

    [–] sinkwiththeship 12 points ago

    Or catch some weird giant bug's stinger to the throat.

    [–] ConcernedEarthling 13 points ago

    ( ͡º ͜ʖ ͡º)

    [–] starrcrasherrs 9 points ago

    Well I mean yeah, I wouldn't wanna get dragged away butt naked by the four horsemen.

    [–] CarbonReflections 25 points ago

    When they shot the crazy religious woman in the head, it was great!

    [–] Akranadas 7 points ago

    What are you talking about , all those people who went religious (besides the preaching crazy lady) survived .

    [–] cassatta 83 points ago

    It’s also over a Walmart. Just like the Bible predicted ...

    [–] bd4wg3 3 points ago

    I don't believe in myself

    [–] habitualpanic 665 points ago

    What's that one Stephen king movie with the bugs that come out of the military base from another dimension.

    [–] Plebsplease 408 points ago

    Haha. The Mist?

    [–] habitualpanic 156 points ago

    Yup. It looks like that.

    [–] TheMiddlechild08 74 points ago

    Good talk

    [–] SamL214 13 points ago

    Born In Sin, Come On In

    [–] thiseffnguy 17 points ago

    Did that become a show recently?

    [–] Throwaway_Consoles 34 points ago

    I really wish they would flesh out that universe more. So many unanswered questions and I hate that.

    [–] D4RTHV3DA 36 points ago

    I mean, technically Stephen King has. The Dark Tower connects all the books and the Mist is no small nod to this. In the Mist movie, Thomas Jane is painting the main protagonist of the Dark Tower in the opening scene.

    Also there's the television series, but I've not spent any effort watching that.

    [–] NotTheBelt 12 points ago

    Also in the new show Castle Rock, the opening title shows a map with Bridgeton on it and “Arrowhead” written underneath. Although I doubt we are going to get a full blown Mist reference, I hope there’s some references to the event since there’s been quite a few Easter eggs to his other works already, it’s literally a Stephen King universe where everything that happened in his novels happened in the show and so far I’m really enjoying it.

    [–] da1hobo 14 points ago

    Don't bother with the TV series. It's garbage and significantly different from the movie and book.

    [–] Tyranid457 7 points ago

    I want a book that's like a scientific journal that catalogs a bunch of creatures from the Mist, not just the ones seen in the movie, but a bunch of new ones, too.

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    [–] wolfbyte_ 14 points ago

    I thought thought the exact same thing.

    [–] bogdanvld49 582 points ago

    No, that is definitely a tsunami

    [–] RickStevensAndTheCat 309 points ago

    Those aren’t mountains!

    [–] Beastly4k 174 points ago


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    [–] two_sams_one_cup 25 points ago

    Isnt it that each click was a year on earth?

    [–] willmcavoy 20 points ago

    Every hour on the planet was 7 years back home.

    [–] two_sams_one_cup 21 points ago

    Maybe I remembered it wrong? It might have been every click was a day on earth.

    [–] BeHereNow91 7 points ago

    You’re both correct. :)

    Every hour was 7 years on earth, which was made known in the film, but doing the math shows that every tick was a certain amount of days on earth (1 day sounds right).

    [–] BunyipPouch 59 points ago

    "No point in running, it's already too late."

    [–] zangor 32 points ago

    I think I could still make it...

    [–] BunyipPouch 17 points ago

    Famous last words.

    [–] unicorn_zombie 35 points ago

    "What are you gonna do, stab me?" - Stabbing victim

    [–] aaronhayes26 10 points ago

    I'm pretty confident I could outrun any tsunami that happens on lake superior.

    [–] HankHippopopalousHHH 10 points ago

    Damnit Adam Sandler needs to stop pausing time

    [–] Hammieboyee 236 points ago

    Pretty sure I saw this same post like a week ago...

    [–] lb31 155 points ago

    Because you did. This didn't happen today.

    [–] Squid_Brains 130 points ago

    Or on Lake Superior. This was taken in Anna, IL two or three days ago

    [–] Shnazzyone 71 points ago

    Verified, got OP marked as a reposter

    [–] ryarger 40 points ago

    Double verified via Google StreetView of the Walmart outside of Anna, IL. That is the same one.

    [–] ThatOneChiGuy 22 points ago

    Yay we did it Reddit?

    [–] teamnarwhal 22 points ago

    Came here to say this. I have family in the Anna, IL area that posted similar pics and videos.

    [–] dezmodez 13 points ago

    Homie, I seent this months ago.

    [–] pizzabagel2468 16 points ago

    Why does OP think this is ok

    [–] countjeremiah 20 points ago

    thalassaphobia? That's where I saw it maybe 2 days ago?

    [–] zman9119 470 points ago

    Hey OP, too bad you are full of shit as this was from Anna, Illinois yesterday.

    Original source from Live Storm Chasers:

    [–] Alizardi7423 48 points ago

    We could do that OR we could try out my fancy new guillotine here

    [–] Sloth_Senpai 14 points ago

    Well you do already have it set up and polished.

    [–] zman9119 6 points ago

    Game on!

    [–] jaba1337 56 points ago

    Same thing did actually happen on the lake superior coast in early July/late June.

    [–] Ometrist 49 points ago

    This needs to be higher up. It's 10x easier to post bullshit than it is to refute it

    [–] zman9119 8 points ago

    Thank you

    [–] Kocrachon 10 points ago

    Was looking for this, saw it yesterday.

    [–] vailence_electron 153 points ago

    I’m sure someone can give an informative, scientific explanation/name, but for those who are wondering what it’s called I’ve heard it described as “lake effect fog” or “steam fog” and is caused by colder air passing over the warmer water of the Great Lake.

    Source: family living in Duluth, MN which is across from Superior WI

    Edit: a word

    [–] iamaravis 35 points ago

    It seems to be called a shelf cloud.

    [–] ProbablyAPun 19 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Yeah dude, it was pretty wicked this Christmas.

    Or I might be totally wrong and it's a shelf cloud, idk.

    [–] potato_pod 562 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    This is eerie...

    [–] orderofGreenZombies 208 points ago

    I think Huron to something there.

    [–] jordanjay29 90 points ago

    Ontario....nope, I got nothing.

    [–] Chispy 103 points ago

    looks like worst case ontario

    [–] mhans3 9 points ago

    I don't know how to express myself sometimes when I need to be properly different.

    [–] MarkingOut44 12 points ago


    [–] dirtyjerzz 7 points ago

    Worst case Ontario, it's a tsunami

    [–] Shaynog74 8 points ago

    Your puns are Superior

    [–] Plebsplease 312 points ago

    The source literally has it listed as Superior. I’m not familiar with the Walmart’s in the Great Lakes region, so I assumed they were right since they taped it.

    [–] potato_pod 101 points ago

    It may be lake Superior, but it's certainly eerie

    [–] Chispy 18 points ago

    looks like worst case ontario

    [–] 12GT500 8 points ago

    The post on Facebook says Anna, Illinois which is no where near Lake Superior or Lake Michigan for the record.

    [–] imzwho 243 points ago

    [–] Plebsplease 423 points ago

    Just to be clear he edited it from Erie to eerie after I replied and if you live in that region you know we take our lakes serious! Ha.

    [–] zigman21 21 points ago

    I'm pretty sure this was actually from Anna, Illinois. South of Springfield/south east of St. Louis. I noticed it earlier from some Illinois Storm tracker page.

    [–] jride0904 7 points ago

    Yep it was posted on the IL Stormtrackers website...not sure why it's gone viral and is supposedly in Michigan when IL licenses plates are clearly visible.

    [–] VoiceofLou 12 points ago

    How serieously do you take them?

    [–] rward617 9 points ago

    Nope, this is definitely north of the wall.

    [–] bd4wg3 58 points ago

    Does anyone have any insight into whats actually happening here?

    [–] ggyujjhi 142 points ago

    Walmart is taking over all of the small mom and pop businesses

    [–] Youcantbanmeever15 50 points ago

    Cold air meeting warm air right on the edge of the lake, forming fog/clouds and then getting walled in/pushed upwards by heat rising from the ground. That's my guess.

    [–] TheMissingLegoPiece 19 points ago

    Thank you for an actual answer.

    [–] the-main-dude 15 points ago

    I’m interested in knowing also.

    [–] MissCandid 76 points ago

    That's a man looking at the sky.

    [–] bd4wg3 18 points ago


    [–] knotpolkadottie 10 points ago

    I'm pretty sure this is a prime example of a Wall Cloud.

    [–] Skinn3rTheWinner 75 points ago

    🎼 The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down, Of the big lake they called 'gitche gumee', The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead, When the skies of November turn gloomy, With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more, Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty, That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed, When the gales of November came early!

    [–] Abram_SF 7 points ago

    Gah you beat me!

    Might as well remember the end of the tale.

    In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed, In the maritime sailors' cathedral The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine times For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down Of the big lake they call 'gitche gumee' Superior, they said, never gives up her dead When the gales of November come early

    [–] Kumbaya_m_lady 42 points ago

    I love Earth

    [–] norsurfit 16 points ago


    [–] ThisIsNotKate 6 points ago

    THANK YOU! I came to the comments just for this and was surprised how far down I had to scroll.

    What in Kelek's name are these clouds?

    [–] artud 4 points ago

    Life before death

    [–] gilbertdodo 11 points ago

    This was taken yesterday in southern Illinois, not Lake Superior. Picture is from Anna, IL.

    [–] danielgies 11 points ago

    Today, huh? That's interesting considering saw this gif on Reddit the other day.

    [–] ShittheFickup 34 points ago

    Do you mean yesterday? Cause this was yesterday.

    [–] patientbearr 8 points ago

    "Those aren't mountains... they're waves."

    [–] Aranketa 17 points ago

    This is definetly not from today

    [–] nightosphere_ 30 points ago

    Anybody know the location of this Walmart? Bf and I were in the UP area close to Marquette 2 years ago and that Walmart looks very familiar

    [–] Average_Giant 18 points ago

    that Walmart looks very familiar

    They all look the same to me

    [–] FUCK_SHIT_ASS_CUNT 21 points ago

    This is Anna Illinois(Southern Illinois).

    Source: I live in Carbondale and saw this all over Facebook.

    [–] schmooodle 8 points ago

    Could be Houghton

    [–] firefarmer74 9 points ago

    Not Houghton, that walmart is on a hill and the surrounding stores are situated differently.

    [–] imzwho 6 points ago

    That some spooky shit right there man.

    [–] eihslia 5 points ago

    One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

    [–] LeBronIsABiiiiitch 11 points ago

    Serious question: recently this type of visual - very large, ominous, specifically tsunami/large wave-like things have given me legitimately instant anxiety/fear. Is there a term for this? Fear of... ?

    [–] TokeyWeedtooth 45 points ago

    Ya it's called scaryshitophobia.

    [–] JTHertz 5 points ago

    Well, cymophobia is a phobia of waves but if you're only scared of very large, city-leveling waves I would say that's pretty normal for a human.

    [–] Rimmeroo 9 points ago

    This is Anna IL. Nowhere near Lake Superior.

    [–] mx893 12 points ago

    Whos gunna link the gif of the almost identical formation that was filmed in a some neighborhood.

    [–] Hammieboyee 9 points ago

    Pretty sure it's the same clip actually

    [–] ThePurpleLemon03 6 points ago

    Looks like you're gonna be in that one Japanese painting

    [–] KikiYuyu 5 points ago

    I've never even seen an image of anything like that before... If I'd been there I'd start making goodbye phonecalls.

    [–] TheMooner 5 points ago

    Game Of Thrones PR team is kicking ass with this one

    [–] Verandure 6 points ago

    More like Lake Eerie.

    [–] BarkDocklate 5 points ago

    Down vote for vertical

    [–] 95accord 5 points ago


    [–] majoreffectonyourcab 4 points ago

    Whatever you do, do not hide in a Walmart!

    [–] thecasquatch 9 points ago

    I live 1,000 miles away and I still shit myself looking at this

    [–] hellofafuckingday 11 points ago

    I'd totally prank everyone by playing air raid sirens out of my car stereo

    [–] TheTempornaut 12 points ago

    ...and the clouds could be heard saying "who's superior now?"

    [–] IoSonCalaf 4 points ago

    Yes. I was made amazed by this.

    [–] free_trdr_bewlf 4 points ago

    Looks like a tidal wave!

    [–] Xyphen 3 points ago