Thunderstorm

Thunderstorm

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Credit: JIM REED/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thunderstorm. Massive updraft of cumulonimbus cloud during a severe thunderstorm. Rain is seen falling at the edges of the storm's base, but the centre of the base is rain-free. Thunderstorms develop as warm, moist air rises into cooler air, causing condensation and cloud formation. As the cloud becomes increasingly unstable, the updraft strengthens. When the cloud reaches the tropopause layer of the atmosphere it begins to spread out at the top, forming an anvil shape. Mature thunderstorms can produce as much as 100 millimetres of rain per hour, and may cause localised flooding. Photographed in Nebraska, USA.

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Keywords: adverse conditions, america, american, base, climate, cloud, clouds, cumulonimbus, extreme, horizon, meteorological, meteorology, nebraska, rain, severe, storms, stormy, thunder, thunderstorm, united states, updraft, us, usa, weather, weather system

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