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The Mothership Above Colorado

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Taken by Marko Korosec in eastern Colorado in May 2013, these storms are technically known as low precipitation supercells, but by storm chasers, they have earned the nickname “motherships.” Such storms have a persistent, rotating updraft and can lead to tornadoes and are known to also drop large amounts of hail and rain. This particular image won first place in the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Magazine Photo Contest, due to this mothership’s otherworldly appearance. If we saw this in real life, we wouldn’t know what to make of it. Could be a storm, could be a magical phenomenon. Ever seen a city floating above the clouds? Keep reading to see it!