Gif of the Day: A Breathtaking Mothership Supercell

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A supercell thunderstorm is characterized by a sustained and powerful rotating updraft. These storms originate in unstable air accompanied by a particular type of changing wind direction at various altitudes in the atmosphere; a common combination supportive of supercells is a southerly or southeasterly wind near ground level and a southwesterly or westerly wind higher up in the atmosphere.

This combination of changing wind directions creates a horizontal rolling motion in the lower atmosphere. The same rapidly rising air motions that form the thunderstorm turn this horizontal rotation into a vertical rotation, and in the case of this particular storm, this rotation is spectacularly evident in the circular striations, or layers, visible in the cloud structure.

The structure of supercell thunderstorms allows rain and hail to fall well away from the source of the warm, unstable air fueling the storm, so these storms do not choke on their own rain-cooled air. In some cases this allows supercell thunderstorms to stay intact for hours, covering tens or even hundreds of miles. In the process they can produce giant hail, very high winds, and tornadoes.

Mississipi Weatherman Orders Staff to Seek Shelter From Tornado on Live TV Before Leaving the Air Himself

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Damn Nature, U Scary of the Day: Close-Up Footage of a FLAMING TORNADO

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Apocalypse of the Day: Los Angeles Still Can't Handle Two Inches of Rain

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But hey, they need this.

Take 45 Seconds Out of Your Day and Watch This Backyard Get Hit With 12+ Inches of Snow

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Photoshop Battle of the Day: A Random Dodge Challenger Beat the Snowstorm This Week, And Reddit Decided to Have Some Fun

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Not a Single Damn of the Day: This Weather Channel Reporter Knows How to Handle a Videobomber

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On Tuesday evening, the Weather Channel's Jim Cantore was in the middle of conducting a report at South Carolina's College of Charleston when, all of a sudden, a videobomber came out of nowhere.

Like a pro, Cantore knees the guy in the crotch and continues with the report.

I hope that guy is still in the fetal position right out of frame.