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This Viral Video Could Make A Storm-Watcher Out of Anyone

As the summer months steadily approach, in the American midwest so do preparations for storm season. From tornadoes, to heavy rain often accompanied by high winds, hail, and other natural dangers, the world of the supercell is both intriguing, and deadly.

But for storm-chasers, such tremendous (and potentially dangerous) supercells aren’t enough to warrant running for cover. If anything, they are the spice of life for adrenaline junkies bound and determined to observe mother nature at her very worst, often getting up-close and personal.

Making the arounds across the World Wide Web, the video below shows one such adventurous jaunt in search of the world’s most deadly storms. While pursuing this massive supercell, storm chasers managed to capture time-lapse footage that shows just how impressive these enormous natural wonders can be, as clouds forming over Wyoming near the town of Clareton threaten to descend toward land in a massive funnel cloud.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by Weather Adventures, a group that offers guided tours to localities where storms like these can be followed up-close and safely observed.

Meteorolgist Brian Edwards of the popular  noted Monday that supercells like these, “are usually found in the Plains or northern Rockies as they form along a boundary dividing dry air to the west and more moist air to the east,” noting that they are rarely seen anyplace east of the Mississippi River.

Midwestern supercell activity isn’t the only impressive kind of cloud formation to occur and regularly draw interest, or even confusion due to their peculiar shape and appearance. Lenticular clouds are most famous for taking a “saucer” shape, and are often cited in conjunction with supposed misperception of aerial phenomenon as being UFO craft. Pileus or “cap” clouds are another variety of lenticular cloud also found to occur in odd circumstances, particularly above large cumulus cloud formations, and thus giving them a hat- or jellyfish-like appearance.

As the season of wicked weather ensues, we’d love to see your pictures of anomalous-looking cloud formations and other weather that’s worthy of a second look. Send along your freakish weather formations via email, or link them in the comments section below. And of course, if you’re an adrenaline junky who goes storm chasing yourself, we do ask that you be careful in obtaining death-defying images from mother nature’s bad side.


Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.
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