Monday rolled in ominously over Virginia

People across Northern Virginia observed a rolling cloud passing over Monday morning.

Rare, menacing roll cloud moves across northern Virginia (PICTURES).

On the leading edge of a cold front gliding through the D.C. metro region this morning, a scary-looking tube-shaped cloud stretched across the skies in northern Virginia. It ended up signaling mostly benign weather, in the form of some showers that followed its passage.

This cloud type is known as a roll cloud or arcus cloud.

From @imunbiased on Twitter

From @imunbiased on Twitter

A bit scary. The sky is big, it can destroy us. But this has an explanation. Enjoy the anomaly. Pretty cool. Check out the other pictures at the above link.

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  3 comments for “Monday rolled in ominously over Virginia

  1. Nos482
    September 17, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Is anyone else reminded of Independence Day?

  2. ZombyWoof
    September 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Yes to Nos482. And I never saw a cloud like that before.

  3. Alan Murray
    September 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Very common formation of cloud like this in the far North of Australia around the Northern Territory. Still looks good tho.

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