Shelf Cloud Slams Pittsburgh International by MattGranz

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I was waiting for our flight back to California with my wife and kids when this monster came upon us somewhere around 45 mph, blasting lightning all over the place and making quite the scene. As soon as it came upon us, it was gone. This is one of seven shots I managed to squeeze off.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...about 6 years ago

    Ominous clouds to say the least, hope you were grounded, great shot Matt :-))

  • Yeah, our flight was delayed for about a half an hour… lucky we had a long layover in between flights! Thanks for the comment!

    – MattGranz

  • linda858100
    linda858100about 6 years ago


  • Meike
    Meikeabout 6 years ago

    Wow… what a capture and atmosphere! Somehow spooky!

  • Meike, it was spooky actually. The clouds when first seen looked charcoal black and like a huge wall coming right at us. Lightning was blasting everywhere and so yes… spooky describes it well.

    – MattGranz

  • Cassie Robinson
    Cassie Robinsonalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture. I would be changing my mind about flying that day.

  • The only reason I didn’t want to fly on that day Cassie was that there were a lot of cool storms going on and I wanted to chase them…. heh heh heh… yes, I worry my wife…

    – MattGranz

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellalmost 6 years ago

    Looks evil. was it a good storm?

  • It was a wicked storm indeed, producing much lightning, terribly strong winds and turning the day into night for about five minutes. I wanted to go storm chasing this year in the central plains, but house buying is keeping me from it till next year. I want to see more of these monsters!

    – MattGranz

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 5 years ago

    wow eerie!

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