INTENSE THUNDERSTORM AS SEEN FROM AN AIRCRAFT OVER CHINA! (credit: Christiaan van Heijst via Severe Weather Europe)
DISCUSSION: As strong thunderstorms erupted over parts of Central and Eastern China yesterday afternoon (local time), some of these storms became particularly strong with the presence of intense vertical updrafts which were evidently capable of producing copious amounts of cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-ground, and as seen here in the image attached below a great example of intra-cloud lightning demonstrated the intense nature of this particular thunderstorm updraft. Note how beautifully the top of the thunderstorm is lighted as a result of the lightning in the upper parts of this thunderstorm as seen from the cabin of a commercial aircraft over Eastern China! Typically, commercial aircraft try to avoid these stronger thunderstorms, though in this particular case it clearly was required to move close to this storm without going straight through the core of the storm! To learn more about other high-impact weather from across Asia, be sure to click here!