Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Supercell Thunderstorm Over Texas
Posted on 06/18/2013 3:22:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Is that a cloud or an alien spaceship? It's an unusual and sometimes dangerous type of thunderstorm cloud called a supercell. Supercells may spawn damaging tornados, hail, downbursts of air, or drenching rain. Or they may just look impressive. A supercell harbors a mesocylone -- a rising column of air surrounded by drafts of falling air. Supercells could occur over many places on Earth but are particularly common in Tornado Alley of the USA. Pictured above are four time lapse sequences of a supercell rotating above and moving across Booker, Texas. Captured in the video are new clouds forming near the storm center, dust swirling on the ground, lightning flashing in the upper clouds, all while the impressively sculptured complex rotates ominously. Finally, after a few hours, as shown in the final sequence, dense rain falls as the storm begins to die out.
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This is not Astronomy, it is Earth Science. We have to draw a line or the order of the Universe will collapse.
You better get on the stick, Sunk. Born doesn’t want pics of weather. He wants pictures of Uranus. Close ups. And he wants to keep ‘em coming.
I’m with Born here - I dont see any Astro in that picture. And if nothing is done about it maybe that SuperCell will swallow our local Black Hole and then we are really screwed.
Cool pic, thanks for posting.
that video is amazing. it looks like it was just on the verge of making little tornadoes. crazy stuff.
Amazing, I hadn’t seen that one.
Magnificent video of supercell rotating at the peak of the storm.