Thunder From Above

Mali_Tstorm_from_ISS

The website SpaceWeather.com posted this spectacular picture of a thunderstorm in Mali, West Africa. The flat, anvil shape to the top of the thunderstorm is indicative of a storm that has pushed all the way up through the troposphere and is now bumping up against the very stable layer called the stratosphere. According to the website, the picture was taken from the International Space Station on February 5, 2008. The Space Station was 200 miles above Earth, moving at 17,000 mph when the astronaut snapped the picture. The picture is amazing enough, but to me the awesomeness lies in the fact that this sort of beauty, power and complexity is on display day after day, all over the world, whether we stop to notice or not.

Tom Tasselmyer

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