Tornado forming at sunset

Tornado forming at sunset

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Caption: Tornado forming at sunset. Tornados develop from intense thunderstorms that begin to spin because high-level winds are blowing faster and in a different direction to low-level winds. The rotation can be enhanced by the interaction of cold and warm air currents, causing a mesocyclone, which is a powerful air column moving upward at the centre of the storm, as seen here. A wall cloud is often produced at the base of the storm parallel with the ground. From this stage, the spin will intensify and a rotating column of air will break through the wall cloud and hit the ground. Photographed in Kansas, USA.

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