Supercell thunderstorm, Kansas, USA, time-lapse footage
ID: SPL-01-2005
Format: HD

Supercell thunderstorm over rural Kansas, USA. Time-lapse footage of a supercell thunderstorm. This storm lasted several hours, producing lots of lightning. 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. Footage filmed on 4 June 2015, in western Kansas, USA.