They can look like something out of a movie, an alien invasion on the horizon, but the bizarre shape in the sky is an arcus cloud.
Arcus cloud is the umbrella term for a low, horizontal cloud formation that usually accompany’s thunderstorms. You may know them as shelf clouds and roll clouds.
We see both types of these arcus clouds in the Miami Valley. In northeast Ohio this week, a complex of thunderstorms produced some impressive shelf cloud photos.