Just how away far can you see a storm?

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My most unusual experience in this regard was during the JLN Tornado -- as seen from the Bazaar Cattle Crossing on the Kansas Turnpike, approximately 130 miles away. I could see the storm on the horizon with unusual detail, even cloud-to-ground lightning strikes (although not to the surface). There were two photographers, one with a tripod, set up photographing the usual sight. Unfortunately, as I was by myself didn't feel it was safe to stop.

My guess has always been that the dry air and subsidence behind the storm allowed for the amazing visibility.
 
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With NASA’s SOFIA on the chopping block…I wonder if that optics laden 747 could image a whole tornadic thunderstorm at great distance as well.