Lightning illuminates a cumulonimbus cloud over Corio Bay, Victoria, Australia by James Collier

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Lightning illuminates a cumulonimbus cloud over Corio Bay, Victoria, Australia by James Collier

Lightning illuminates a cumulonimbus cloud over Corio Bay, Victoria, Australia | HoHo Pics                                                                                                                                                                                 More

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Cumulonimbus cloud over western Africa near the Senegal-Mali border. Cumulonimbus clouds rise vertically until they hit a natural barrier, known as the tropopause, and then flatten out. Cumulonimbus clouds usually herald the onset of a severe storm. In this image, which was taken from the International Space Station (ISS), several cumulonimbus towers are seen underneath the main cloud, casting a large shadow on the land below.

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Cumulonimbus cloud over western Africa near the Senegal-Mali border. Cumulonimbus clouds rise vertically until they hit a natural barrier, known as the tropopause, and then flatten out. Cumulonimbus clouds usually herald the onset of a severe storm. In this image, which was taken from the International Space Station (ISS), several cumulonimbus towers are seen underneath the main cloud, casting a large shadow on the land below.

Update from Jon Krakauer: Andy Harris on the summit of Mt. Everest May 10 1996 at 1:15 PM shortly before everything went bad. We had no idea that those fluffy white clouds in the background were the crowns of huge cumulonimbus clouds boiling upwards to engulf us in a storm of extraordinary violence. Andy a guide employed by Rob Hall started down just after I took this photo but 3 hours later he got a desperate radio call from Rob asking him to climb back up with a bottle of oxygen for a…

Update from Jon Krakauer: Andy Harris on the summit of Mt. Everest May 10 1996 at 1:15 PM shortly before everything went bad. We had no idea that those fluffy white clouds in the background were the crowns of huge cumulonimbus clouds boiling upwards to engulf us in a storm of extraordinary violence. Andy a guide employed by Rob Hall started down just after I took this photo but 3 hours later he got a desperate radio call from Rob asking him to climb back up with a bottle of oxygen for a…

Storm forming one late May afternoon in the town of Terry eastern Montana

Storm forming one late May afternoon in the town of Terry eastern Montana

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