FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A thunderstorm is a rain-bearing cloud that also produces lightning.
All thunderstorms are dangerous, and every thunderstorm produces lightning.
They need pretty basic ingredients such as moisture, unstable air and lift to form.
Believe it or not, it forms in three different stages: the developing stage, the mature stage and the dissipating stage.
The developing stage starts with a cumulus cloud or what looks like a fluffy white cloud.
That cloud gets pushed upward by a rising column of air or what is known as an updraft.
As the updraft continues, the cumulus cloud will then look like a towering cumulus cloud.
In the mature stage, the updraft continues to fuel the storm and precipitation begins to reach the surface creating a downdraft.
When the downdraft or rain-cooled air spreads out along the ground it can form a gust front or a line of gusty winds.
Heavy rain, hail, frequent lightning, strong winds and tornadoes can occur during the mature stage.
When the downdraft becomes stronger than the updraft, this will signal the beginning of the dissipating stage.
The rain will decrease in intensity, the storm weakens and eventually ends.
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