Jadelyn Lathrop

Electrical Storms

In an electrical storm, the storm clouds are charged like giant capacitors in the sky. The upper portion of the cloud is positive and the lower portion is negative.


just before the thunderstorm develops, a change in wind direction and an increase in wind speed, at an increasing altitude, creates an invisible horizontal spinning effect in the lower atmosphere rising air within the thunderstorm’s updraft tilts the rotating air from horizontal to vertical. Next, An area of rotation, 2-6 miles wide is contained within a vast majority of the storm. The strongest, most violent tornadoes form within this area of rotation. After that, a lower cloud base in the center of the storm becomes a rotating wall cloud. This area is often nearly rain-free. Lastly, just a very few minutes later, a tornado develops and starts to wreak its destruction.
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