Supercell thunderstorm, S. Dakota, USA

Supercell thunderstorm, S. Dakota, USA

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Caption: Supercell thunderstorm forming over rural South Dakota, USA. A supercell thunderstorm is a severe long-lived storm within which the wind speed and direction changes with height. This produces a strong rotating updraft of warm air, known as a mesocyclone, and a separate downdraft of cold air. Tornadoes may form in the mesocyclone, in which case the storm is classified as a tornadic supercell thunderstorm. The storms also produce torrential rain and hail. Photographed on 16 July 2012.

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