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Flat earth? No, flat Kansas

This storm was about 120 miles away when it was photographed Wednesday night from west Wichita.
This storm was about 120 miles away when it was photographed Wednesday night from west Wichita. The National Weather Service

This won’t help those folks who like to dispute the common belief that Kansas is as flat as a pancake.

The Wichita branch of the National Weather Service tweeted a photo of a thunderstorm taken by its “sky cam” Wednesday night.

No big deal, right? Well, the thunderstorm was just southeast of Larned, which is a good 120 miles west-northwest of Wichita.

“It’s pretty cool,” weather service meteorologist Jim Caruso said of the photo, which was taken by a camera more than 30 feet off the ground.

Meteorologists even dubbed the storm “little orphan anvil” because it was all by itself a long way away.

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