08-21-2021 Western IL Morning Shelf Cloud and Sunrise

Aug 9, 2012
Macomb, IL
I'm not sure whether to post this in the storms or landscapes category since it is under both. We had a line of rather unimpressive storms on radar move through around 2:30-3AM this morning in Western Illinois. I couldn't sleep so I went out to meet them and was greeted by a halfway decent shelf cloud. It wasn't the best I'd seen, but it was also leagues better than what I was expecting....which was basically a wall of rain. I was trying for cloud to ground lightning, but most was embedded in the rain core, so I bailed on that.





To the NE were some rather nice light pillars coming off Macomb, IL as I was about 15-20 miles to the SW.


Fast forward a few hours later and what I thought would be a cloudy morning ended up producing a spectacular sunrise....while it was pouring down rain as well.





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