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1.2.2. Updraft and downdraft

A thunderstorm (or even a rain shower for that matter) is organized into two main components: updraft and downdraft. The updraft is the rising warm, moist air within the thunderstorm. The downdraft is the descending cooled air, containing precipitation.

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We first take a look at the updraft.