Colby Hutton, of Adamsville, Tennessee, snapped a photo of a roll cloud after a storm hit.
A funnel-like cloud in the sky in Tennessee as a violent storm in the area has come to a standstill. The residents were baffled by the mysterious cloud formation, which some likened to a UFO.
Angie Hutton told Fox News on Tuesday that her son, Colby, of Adamsville, snapped a picture of the cloud while traveling around the Harrison-McGarity Bridge in Savannah a few weeks ago.
Hutton sent the photo to WMC-TV in Memphis, in the hope of meteorologists on the news station would be able to identify the rare sight. Last week, WMC-TV confirmed that the gruesome scene was not a UFO — it is actually a roll-cloud.
(Colby Hutton shares a different view of the role of cloud he discovered while traveling on a Tennessee bridge.)
A roll cloud is a “tube-shape of the cloud that occasionally pops up after a thunderstorm.
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“Roll clouds are relatively rare; they are completely detached from the thunderstorm base or other cloud features, thus distinguishing them from the more familiar shelf clouds, the National Weather Service (NWS) is described in a post online. “Roll clouds usually appear to be “rolling” about a horizontal axis, but should not be confused with funnel clouds.”
NWS Memphis said it looked like a “rolling pin, to move through the air” in a Facebook post earlier this month, which is shared by hundreds of people. Dozens of people who comment on the jaw-dropping photo — some even share a beautiful view on their own.
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“I love cloud formations!” a Facebook user wrote.
“Beautiful and scary,” another said.
“That cloud was [in] my view as I drove to Selmer that day. It was wild looking!” a woman added.
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