Resembling bomb-generated mushroom clouds, they rank among the more visually impressive I’ve seen this year.
The National Weather Service office in Lubbock, Texas reported the monstrous storm witnessed east of town arose from the merger of two thunderstorms cells. It posted an amazing timelapse video to its Facebook page – shown below – which it describes accordingly: “Some very spectacular dynamic interactions between two supercells are evident with rotation evident. Plus, watch the rapid intensification of the storm complete with anvil development, updraft pulsing, and even lightning.”
Here is the amazing timelapse footage:
And here are some still shots:
The storm that affected areas north of Amarillo prompted two tornado warnings (though no tornadoes were confirmed) and produced hail up to baseball size. Here are several photos of this impressive storm:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center has some excellent high resolution satellite imagery which provides a visual of these storms from space: Views from space