Low-precipitation supercell storm

Low-precipitation supercell storm

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Caption: Low-precipitation (LP) supercell storm. Supercell thunderstorms are severe long-lived storms within which the wind speed and direction changes with height. This produces a strong rotating updraft of warm air (a mesocyclone) as well as a separate downdraft of cold air. LP supercells produce less rain than the classic form. Supercell thunderstorms are capable of producing tornadoes. Photographed near Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, on 14 July 2011.

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