May 24, 2012
The cloud over Hatteras that had everyone buzzing
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By IRENE NOLAN




Folks on Hatteras are used to all kinds of weather, and cloud formations on all of the Outer Banks can be beautiful, startling, or downright scary.

However, everyone on the island was talking yesterday about a cloud that moved over the island Monday evening about 6 p.m. as a line of thunderstorms was approaching from the west.

The pictures of the cloud were all over Facebook yesterday and got a lot of traffic and comment, especially a photo taken by Riley Peters and posted on the Hatteras Realty Facebook page.  That photo and several of the others were taken in Hatteras village.

The cloud moved over the island and out to sea with little or no rain behind it.

Meteorologist Bel Melendez at the National Weather Service in Newport, N.C., identified the formation as a wall cloud, though it also looks like another formation called a shelf cloud.

Melendez says wall clouds are more commonly seen in the western, inland counties in the Newport weather office’s coverage area.

She called it “impressive.”

There was some discussion on Facebook about whether one picture had been “photoshopped.”

They aren’t as far as we can tell, and the number of others who posted dramatic photos of the cloud formation should prove that point.

“It didn’t look real, even in person,” said one Hatteras villager.

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