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This thunderstorm was seen at sunset near Abilene, Texas on May 17, 1978.
Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
This photo shows several lightning strokes during a nighttime thunderstorm in Norman, Oklahoma.
Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
This thunderstorm was seen in 1982. There is a nice difference in color in the cloud.
Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
A severe thunderstorm in the distance over Elko, NV.
Courtesy of National Weather Service Forecast Office of Elko, NV
This thunderstorm was seen in Rockfish, NC on June 27, 2006.
Courtesy of National Weather Service Forecast Office of Rayleigh/ Jewell Chambers
A picture of a thunderstorm seen in Little Chute, WI on June 13, 2004.
Courtesy of National Weather Service Forecast Office of Green Bay, WI/ Brian Severa
This photo shows a large cloud with lightning. The thunderstorm was seen in Menomonee Falls, WI on July 3, 2001.
Courtesy of National Weather Service Forecast Office of Milwaukee/ Chris VenHaus
This photo of a thunderstorm shows lightning in the cloud. It was seen in South Milwaukee, WI on August 1, 2002.
Courtesy of National Weather Service Forecast Office of Milwaukee/ Brian Larmay
A thunderstorm on June 10, 2003 in Watertown, WI.
Courtesy of National Weather Service Forecast Office of Milwaukee/ Brian Larmay
This thunderstorm was seen over Lake Superior in 2005.
Courtesy of National Weather Service Forecast Office of Marquette, MI/ Don Rolfson & Bryan Mroczka
This photo shows the damage from a thunderstorm that passed through Kansas on May 18, 2005.
Courtesy of National Weather Service Forecast Office of Topeka, KS
This photo shows damage from a thunderstorm in Green Bay, WI on July 30, 2006.
Courtesy of National Weather Service Forecast Office of Green Bay

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