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Jaw-Dropping Time-Lapse Of A Supercell

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Justine Alford

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clockMay 29 2014, 09:34 UTC
1053 Jaw-Dropping Time-Lapse Of A Supercell
Stephen Locke.

Supercells are one of the four major types of storm. These long-lasting thunderstorms are rare, and to say they pack a punch is an understatement. They often produce severe weather such as violent winds, hail and tornadoes. A characteristic feature of supercells is the presence of a mesocyclone, which is a deep rotating updraft. Although tornadoes are not inevitable with this type of storm, it is within this mesocyclone that they form and drop to the ground. An absolutely incredible time-lapse video of a supercell thunderstorm forming went viral last week (watch it here

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Here's another absolutely jaw-dropping time-lapse video of a supercell over Kansas, taken by Stephen Locke:

 

The Climax, Kansas Supercells by Stephen Locke from Stephen Locke on Vimeo.

 


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