Satellite Captures Flashes of Lightning as Tornadoes Strike Southern US

A satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) captured flashes of lightning as storms swept across the southern United States on March 17.

The NOAA said this colorized timelapse of the storms was captured over 24 hours by its GOES East satellite. The varying colors indicate the temperature and moisture characteristics of air masses, the NOAA said.

Several tornadoes were confirmed to have damaged homes and businesses in Alabama and Mississippi. Storm damage was also reported in Texas, Missouri, and Louisiana. Credit: NOAA Satellites via Storyful