Pulse Storm, Blasting Past Pileus

Pulse Storm, Blasting Past Pileus

Narrow but intense, an updraft chimney of a low-shear, summertime pulse storm shoots skyward through multiple pileus layers and overshooting its own anvil, into the lower stratosphere.  This storm would drift northward along an outflow boundary for another half hour or so before falling apart under the weight of its own cool, water-loaded downdrafts.  Despite its brief lifespan, this cumulonimbus offered a beautiful spectacle—a skyward eruption manifesting quality over quantity.

Norman OK (30 Jul 16) Looking ESE
35.1814, -97.4397

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