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Incredible capillatus clouds mark the edge of a thunderstorm

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Today I took hundreds of interesting cloud photographs. I have arranged today’s fascinating Nashville weather photography into several sets of photographs, to be published here as soon as possible.

These storm-cloud images (shown in the photo gallery below) represent Set #1 of the Nashville, TN cloud photography by Stephen Frasier taken in the late afternoon hours of Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

Set 1 | Set 2 | Set 3 | Set 4 | Set 5 | Set 6

Set #1: Incredible capillatus clouds – Nashville cloud photography (3/14/2012)

What I noticed first regarding today’s interesting weather developments was a highly unusual, triangle-shaped burst of cumulonimbus capillatus clouds (previously misidentified as cirrus clouds) to the southwest, in an arrangement not often seen. I later learned that these unusual, splashing capillatus clouds marked the far western edge of a looming thunderstorm cell, yet to be noticed by this photographer.

After a few minutes, it became apparent that these cumulonimbus capillatus clouds were only a sliver of a much wider photogenic section of sky; those clouds marked only the western edge of a huge, billowing, looming thunderhead: the edge of a small but severe thunderstorm that raced through Brentwood, TN late this afternoon.

I took many photographs of the western edge of the thunderhead – billows of cumulus clouds being illuminated by the setting sun.