The amazing scene was caught on camera by Christian Hernandez, who shared it on Instagram yesterday, June 25.
As beautiful as the clouds look, the storms they carry can actually be quite dangerous, and can cause violent tornadoes. While the scene was captured in New Mexico, the large clouds are known to dominate local weather up to 32km away.
According to AccuWeather, mothership clouds – also known as supercell thunderstorms – have a ‘strong updraft and rotation’, which is what gives the cloud its dramatic appearance.
There are four types of thunderstorms: supercell; squall line; multi-cell; and single cell. Supercell storms like the one in the video are the least common and have the potential to be the most severe.
The storms can last from two to four hours and its heavy rainfall and large hail stones can cause ‘significant damage’.
Basically, as cool as they look, you probably shouldn’t stand around too long to watch them.
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