As part of our Spotting 101 series, this video takes a look back at the basics of storm anatomy. You’ll learn about things like the updraft and downdraft, but we’ll also start explaining other phenomena as well.

This is the ground floor of the parts of a thunderstorm, so it is a good idea for beginners to start with this video to learn more about how thunderstorms operate. Every storm will consist of many of these basic parts, so learning the 101 level of how they work is key to understanding the more complex storms.