CHICAGO (WLS) --A rare "roll cloud" rolled over Chicago Tuesday.
As ABC7 Meteorologist Cheryl Scott explains, a roll cloud is a low, horizontal tube-shaped cloud that formed by winds changing speed and/or direction when the air temperature reverses its state. That results in warm air on top of cold air.
The shear in the atmosphere sets up a rolling motion, similar to the way a rolling pin is used in baking.
Earlier Tuesday, Scott said, a cold front moved into Chicago allowing for the spectacle.
Thanks to viewer Amy King for sharing her video with ABC7 Eyewitness News.