Although a thunderstorm has considerable power and can cause considerable damage, it is neither an entity nor is it a beast. In fact, a thunderstorm is mostly a fluid. It is made of liquid water drops and ice crystals that move around on air currents. When a thunderstorm moves, there is nothing holding it together. Storms have no skin and no bones.
The air currents that are causing the water drops and ice crystals to form are moving, bringing the water drops and ice crystals along. Storm chasers and meteorologists speak of storm structure — wall clouds, shelf clouds, tail clouds, etc. — but we are talking about structure made entirely of fluid. This revelation will not reduce a storm’s potential to be disruptive or even destructive, but it could make one more respectful of it.
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