DISCUSSION: As discrete convective storms fired up across parts of Western Europe earlier today, some of these storms grew fairly high into the middle and upper portions of the atmosphere. One great example was this particular thunderstorm which erupted over North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (located in Western Germany). Note how you can identify the height at which the upper-level inhibited any further vertical propagation of the main updraft based on the spread of the upper-level cumulonimbus cloud debris outward from the center in the form of an anvil! Just about as classic as it gets (and lucky too) to see a mature thunderstorm from a commercial aircraft! To learn more about other high-impact weather from across Europe, be sure to click here!