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Image Gallery: Curious Clouds

The Wall

(Image credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL))

Shown in the photograph is a wall cloud with tail cloud.

Supercell

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Supercell - often associated with violent weather.

Creeping Clouds

Clouds in Switzerland.

(Image credit: Jantiene Baartman, distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons License)

Clouds hang low over a valley at Graubunden, Switzerland.

Blazing Sunset

(Image credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL))

Captured in this photo is a blazing sunset seen near Throckmorton, Texas.

Somewhere over the Rainbow

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Stunning photo of a rainbow with a reflection over an Oklahoma Wheatfield.

Dolphins in the Sky

Dolphin shapes appear in clouds.

(Image credit: Elena Petrova, distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons License)

This photo, taken in Russia, seems to show wispy dolphins jumping in the clouds.

Thunderstorm Anvil

(Image credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL))

A thunderstorm anvil at sunset.

Turbulent Clouds

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Turbulent gust front clouds.

Ominous Clouds Gather

Clouds gather on the Tibetan Plateau

(Image credit: Janneke IJmker, distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons License)

Dark clouds gather over a campsite on the Tibetan Plateau. The photographer wrote of this photo, "Everybody was watching the monsoonal arcus cloud rolling over the camp. Suddenly, the weather changed. Rubbish was flying around and three men were hanging at the kitchen tent to keep it in place. This fascinating view presented itself shortly before the place turned into chaos."

Horizontal Tornado

A roll cloud along the Brazilian coast.

(Image credit: Capt. Andreas M. van der Wurff )

A roll cloud, associated with thunderstorm downdrafts and strange sea winds, tumbles across the sky off the coast of Brazil. Roll clouds are rare and harmless, though ominous-looking.

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