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morning mist by dSavin (by dSavin)

Lightning illuminates a cumulonimbus cloud over Corio Bay, Victoria Australia. Photograph from Australian Weather Bureau.

A cloud that looks like a mushroom cloud but is actually a cumulonimbus cloud with the perfect ray of afternoon sun light

This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it's the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover.

Thunderstorm outside Sierra Vista, Arizona. (by Eye of the Storm Photography)

Supercells are rotating updrafts within severe thunderstorms; they’re big, and scary. They can appear anywhere in the world given the right meteorological conditions, but most times they appear in the Great Plains of the US, last generally 2-3 hours and they sometimes split in 2, with the two resulting storms going in opposite directions. The supercells usually produce huge amounts of hail, torrential rainfall, strong winds, and substantial downbursts and are often carriers of giant hail.