Sunday, August 12, 2007

Strange storm clouds spotted in skies above Ohio

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A large, rotating storm known as a "Mesocyclone" moves across areas of Northeast Ohio on Thursday leaving a path of damage and a stack of great photos that look surreal.

The thunderstorm is rotating, and as the winds pull the clouds around they take on a layered look. The mesocyclone rotation is much larger than the rotation of a smaller, but stronger, cyclone that can come from it: a tornado.

For storm chasers these amazing cloud formations are only second to tornados for great moments. Storms like these are more typically seen in supercell thunderstorms in the Plains states. Link

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