Thunderstorm in Kansas casts 'epic' 75-mile-long shadow, blocks sunrise as storm reaches taller than Mount Everest
Written by kslmadmin on August 12, 2020
A stunning sunrise in Kansas earlier this month got blocked by an even more spectacular sight in the sky.
The storm’s shadow extended southwest all the way to the Goodland forecast office, briefly blocking the sunrise.
A meteorologist snapped a photo just before 6 a.m. as the thunderstorm cloud blocked the rising sun.
“The storm in question was ~35,000 ft tall — about 1 mile taller than Mount Everest,” the NWS tweeted.
The storm’s shadow could be seen extending across the sky in the photo released by the forecast office, which frequently documents stunning weather moments in the Kansas prairies.
The thunderstorm’s shadow could even be seen from space.
Satellite imagery released by the NWS shows the shadow stretching southward across the state’s northwest corner.
A meteorologist at the NWS also shared a timelapse of the thunderstorm shadow reaching the Goodland forecast office.
In the video, the shadow can be seen moving across the sky as the sun rises.
Forecasters said the storm “had a little bit of lightning with it” before it moved east and dissipated.
On the NWS Goodland Facebook page, locals said the photo was “awesome.”
“Epic. Thanks for sharing!” one person said.
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