The Fascinating Explanation For These Rare Clouds Floating Over Illinois
Mother nature throughs a lot of mystique and wonder at us on the regular. Whatever amazing thing we spot whether living creatures or weather, there is almost always an explanation.
One of those "That's amazing, but how?!" moments were caught on camera by a woman driving through Gurnee, Illinois.
DISSIPATING CLOUD: WAY COOLER THAN IT SOUNDS
To get the exact explanation about this particular cloud I reached out to former Rockford meteorologist Justin Ballard.
(Justin currently works on campus at the University of Florida, with the College of Journalism and Communication, with Florida Public Radio and Emergency Network.)
I will try to explain this phenomenon as best as possible.
Thunderstorms can get very tall. When the story hits a certain point in the atmosphere it stops growing.
When this happens the cloud deflates similar to a balloon. The cloud flattens like an anvil and sometimes like a pancake.
What you're seeing is the death of a thunderstorm. Pretty metal if you ask me. LOL!
You can learn more and clouds here.
OTHER NATURAL AWESOMENESS SPOTTED IN ILLINOIS
There is an awesome and education subreddit you need to check out if you nerd out of nature and the related. It's called /NatureIsF******Lit.
Here are some of the pictures that pop up when you narrow the search down to "Illinois" within that particular subreddit.
This weather photo looks like two different pics...
... this one looks like a powerful storm is about to be unleashed.
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