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Wall Cloud Vs. Shelf Cloud

Some storms contain shelf clouds, which are often mistaken for wall clouds, since an approaching shelf cloud appears to form a wall made of cloud. Generally, a shelf cloud appears on the leading edge of a storm, and a wall cloud is usually at the rear of the storm, though small, rotating wall clouds (a feature of a mesovortex) can occur within the leading edge on rare occasion. Wall clouds are inflow clouds and tend to slope inward, or toward the precipitation area of a storm. Shelf clouds, on the other hand, are outflow clouds that jut outward from the storm, often as gust fronts.

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