2nd runner-up - Monster © Maja Kraljik
Photographer name: Maja Kraljik
From: Umag, Istria peninsula, Croatia
Photo title: Monster
Photo location: Umag, Croatia
Date photo taken: 24.09.2017
Story behind the photo: This monster shelf cloud was perhaps the most beautiful structure and size over my area. I was waiting for two hours for the cloud to arrive and then it made a real mess.
Weather caption: A shelf cloud drapes itself across Umag in Croatia, associated with thunderstorms moving over the area. The shelf cloud is a low-level, horizontal, wedge-shaped cloud that occurs along the leading gust front in an intense thunderstorm. Warm, moist air that rises within a storm’s updraft cools and condenses above the storm’s rain-cooled downdraft (or gust front), producing the shelf cloud. As it passes overhead, it is accompanied by gusty winds and an abrupt fall in temperature, with precipitation then following.
Camera NIKON D40
Shutter speed 1/125
Focal length 18 mm
35mm equivalent 27 mm