DISCUSSION: As a weak area of low pressure continued to slowly move through the Central Plains through the course of today, increasing amounts of moisture and instability built into the greater Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri region. As a result of this warm-air advection which was responsible for the aforementioned increase in regional moisture and instability, there was an increasingly more favorable environment for the development of strong thunderstorms. As the afternoon began to come to a close and evening started setting in, a strong segment of thunderstorms quickly blossomed across parts of far western Missouri. By just after 6:00 PM, there was a quick but intense thunderstorm segment which moved through Columbia, Missouri as well as points both to the west and east of the city of Columbia. Attached above is part of the storm captured by myself as I stood just outside of my apartment during the latter portion of the most intense part of this particular thunderstorm event. As always, when you hear thunder, you should always be sure to seek adequate shelter immediately since if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
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~Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz