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Welcome to Storm's power discussion thread. Here we will discuss the fascinating wonders of Storm's powers. We are gonna focus on the science of how her powers work as well as the feats she has accomplished with these powers. Feel free to contribute scans of feats I may have missed or couldn't find. Just be sure not to post any duplicate scans and remember that the neater the post the easier it is for others to interpret. So keep it neat. I'll get the ball rolling and start with how Storm utilizes her powers.
It is commonly misconstrued that Ororo merely just controls the weather, however this is not the case for this powerful mutant. Storm actually has the ability to perceive, sense ,and manipulate multiple forms of energy that relate to weather phenomena. These energies include Thermal, Kinetic, Electric, Electromagnetic, Radiant/Luminous, Tidal and Potential energy. All of these factor in the weather conditions of the entire universe. Her powers can be described as a weather based ergokinesis. So in short Storm is one extremely powerful energy manipulator. Given the fact that her powers adapt to different environments gives Storm much versatility in power usage. However in this blog we will be focusing on the forms of energy Storm manipulates on a daily basis with only a few exceptions.
When ever we see Storm's beautiful blue eyes change into the iconic white, we see it as an awesome attribute and a signal that she's about to open up a can of whoop arse. What most don't know is that when her eyes glow white she perceives the world as energy instead of solid matter. This gives her the ability to see things that the human eye can't including the cataracts of the human nervous system. This ability also expands her awareness of the environment around her.
Theses energies that are perceived can also be manipulated psionically by Storm. By manipulating these energies she's able to perform the awe driven feats we love. We see all of the energy that Storm manipulates doing work in our own world as a form of kinetic energy and/or potential energy. When we see the wind moving through trees, that's kinetic energy. Potential energy can be found in storms varying from thunderstorms to full fledged hurricanes. So as you can see the energies can create wondrous and devastating effects. But let's take a look at these energies in their own arrangements.
Electric Energy the presence and flow of an electric charge. The energy portion of electricity is found in a variety of phenomena such as static electricity electromagnetic fields and lightning.The concept of electrical energy is defined using a variety of different terminologies such as charge, current and potential.
This is Storm's primary energy source. Since her debut Storm has shown a lot of raw power with this energy source as well as acute precision. In lightning, electric potential energy transforms into light, heat and sound energy. This is how most people register lightning bolts. Storm on the other hand can sense these electrons even before they erupt into bolts. Electrons in atoms exist in spherical shells of various radii, representing energy levels. The larger the spherical shell, the higher the energy contained in the electron. Storm can manipulate these energy levels to intensify or weaken her lightning bolts.
Electrical energy is also found in the our bodies. We have a complete human electricity system throughout the body. This system gives us the ability to move feel and even think. Due to her connection to electrical energy Storm could potentially manipulate the electrical impulses of the human nervous system. Due to the fact that our bodies are huge masses of atoms we naturally produce electricity. Storm can manipulate the electricity generated from her body to create the bio-electric bolts we see coming from her hands. She is also able to intensify or weaken these bolts as she does her lightning but on a much smaller scale. These bolts have been strong enough to affect Rogue (50 tonner), Blob (60 tonner), Adaptoid with Rd Hulk (100 tonner) Colossus (100 tonner), and even effected the savage Hulk (reviving him with her lightning, and combined with capables TP bullet shut off his brain), and has effected Silver Surfer and Stardust
Also known as Electromagnetic Radiation, EM Energy is the mixture of electric fields and magnetic fields combining together causing the flow of electricity to generate multiple effects. . The electromagnetic force is second in effective strength only to the strong force and is infinite in range. Storm has a direct relationship with this source of energy. She was able to channel a large amount of EM energy into Collossus at one point and has also shown the ability to create EMPs of varying degrees. Electromagnetic radiation is classified according to the frequency of its wave. One classification would be gamma rays. Using a combination of gamma radiation and kinetic energy Storm was able to deflect solar flares from the sun. Since Electromagnetism is one of the four fundamental forces of the universe, Storm is able to use this source of energy to amplify her other abilities.
Kinetic Energy/Tidal Energy
The Kinetic Energy of an object is the energy which it possesses due to its motion. Wind is the kinetic energy of air in motion, which explains her direct connection to air currents. The kinetic energy of the air masses passes through each square meter of space in each second and we are able to feel the effects. With enough of this Kinetic energy Storm can create some disastrous phenomena such as tornadoes and hurricane force winds. Wind is a constant energy source for Storm and her connection to this energy source grants her the power of flight, topography as well as awareness of some sort. Using wind Storm can produce powerful wind currents and jet streams as a means of transportation. Relatively strong winds concentrated in a narrow stream in the atmosphere, Jet streams normally refer to horizontal, high altitude winds. By riding these powerful winds Storm can reach high speeds without the ill effect of jet-lag. Storm has been able to familiarize her location due to the air formation (kinetic energy) in a surrounding area. By registering the shape of the air masses, she recognizes which continent she is located on or near. Because wind is everywhere Storm can sense disruption with the natural flow of air. She can also convert kinetic energy into air pressure, or compressed air. She's been able to produce air pressure strong enough to punch holes through mountains and create a Jovian Pressure field contain a small scale nuclear explosion. She's also shown the ability to shape this energy to form a replica of her face in a tornado.
This form of energy also enables Storm (and others on some instances) to take flight. She has been able to carry an entire roster of X-men using her winds. She can also produce winds strong enough to travel at 300mph+ speeds. On two occasions Storm has shown flight capability to match jets (even during reentry), out fly Rogue, keep up with Cannonball and reach lengthy distances in such short periods of time.
Kinetic and Potential energy can be found in the waters as well to form Tidal Energy. This form of energy converts tides into other useful forms of power, especially electricity. Tidal power is the only form of energy which derives directly from the Earth's motion relationship with the moon and Sun. When Storm is underwater she is able to manipulate Tidal energy in the same fashion as she does the air. By manipulating this form of kinetic energy she's able to create potent currents to lift the black bird from deep depths. Storm has also been able to create tidal waves as well as ride the tides without the aid of a surfboard.
An alternate way for Storm to create high tides is through surges. Storm surges are produced by water being pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds. Storm was able to create a localized storm surge to destroy a house full of thugs.
Also can be seen as Internal energy (or at least a part of it), Thermal energy is a sample of matter that results in the temperature of a thermodynamic system. The Sun is a great source of Thermal Energy and we feel the effects with each changing season. Storm has manipulated Thermal Energy to rise or lower the temperature in her surrounding area. This way she can create blizzards and flash freeze her opponents. She can also use this ability to create summer time conditions in the middle of winter. Her connection to Thermal energy branches off to Internal energy since Thermal energy is apart of it. Internal energy is the total kinetic and potential energy associated with the motions and relative positions of the molecules of an object. An increase in internal energy results in a rise in temperature and vice versa. Storm was able to lower the internal temperature inside a gun -200 degrees even after it had been shot. Another instance had Storm manipulating the internal temperature of the Phalanx to the point that the organic fibers of the monster separated from it's technical fibers.
Internal energy is also found in the human body. It can be theorize that Storm could possibly manipulate the temp. within the human body the same way she does her very own. The hypothalamus, found in the brain, regulates the body's temperature (usually around (98-100 degrees F). Due to her mutant genetics, Storm's hypothalamus allows her body to regulate and compensate extreme temperature (internal and external).
Radiant Energy is the energy of EM waves and can be transmitted in the form of electromagnetic radiation. The Sun as well as other stars produce radiant energy and given the right circumstances Storm can manipulate this energy on a large scale. Outer Space contains elements of much larger quantities and potency than that on Earth which is why Storm's powers are seen as amped during her time in space. Storm was able to manipulate the radiant energy from the solar corona of the sun and convert it to Solar winds to fly in space as well as created a 12 Force Gale to destroy a sentinel backed by the FULL power of the sun. Both are impressive feats but the most ambiguous display occurred when Storm summoned the full power of an entire galactic core within herself to stop a brood transformation.
This stored energy, is the ability of a system to do work due to its position or internal structure. Storms of all shapes and sizes have potential energy. This potential energy is converted the forms of energy that make up these systems. Storm abilities grant her the power to channel and even convert the potential energy of storm systems whether it's a rainstorm, blizzard or hurricane. In her very first appearance Storm was able to channel the potential energy of an entire tempest into Lorna Dane to augment her abilities. One instance where Storm unintentionally created a hyperstorm, she once again had to tap into the potential energy of the storm to prevent it from growing any further. Another instance had Storm manipulating the potential energy of Shaman's blizzard in order to muster control over the storm. She has replicated this feat many times on different scales. The largest being when she channeled the potential energy of the entire Trion dimension in order to heal it's inhabitants.
Chemical Energy is energy stored in the bonds of chemical compounds, atoms and molecules. Metabolism is connected chemical energy and is seen as one of the easiest sources of energy. The energy produced keeps us warm, maintain and repair bodies, and makes us able to move about. In Storm's case she is able to use her mutant metabolism to generate/channel electricity and other faucets of weather from her body. This form of energy also enables her to alter the state of certain elements (water/air). It can also be theorized that she is able to transmute the unstable molecules of her costume into multiple forms of fabric through chemical energy. One of the most arcane display of chemical energy occurred during Xtreme X-men where Storm created a bathing suit out of thin air. This ability isn't seen very often from Storm so it can be difficult to comprehend the full scope of this ability.
Chemical energy is stated to be the energy of life that because it is related to every single process of life on earth. From the food that we eat to the clouds forming in the sky to make rain, the process of chemical energy can be seen all around us. Plants transform solar energy into chemical energy through the process known as photosynthesis. The connection Storm has to this energy gives her awareness of living things around her especially plant life.
Each of these wonderful abilities are quite efficient in their own department. However the most fascinating display is when these energies work together in unison. Storm has shown very creative arrangements with her powers.
Connections, Immunity and Resistance by Storm Calling
Storm haves a tremendous array of branches into her powers, some of which I would like to go into detail myself
Mediums are forms of atmospheres. They are gravitational bound bodies and cohesive structures that are bound together by gravity (and sometimes by electromagnetism). Examples include the asteroids, moons, planets, stars, whole dimensions, and even on a smaller scale, bodies of water or air masses. Storm's control and connection to these energy systems most likely rely exclusively on the area of these mediums; Therefore, on Earth she can only control the Earth's energy systems and on the moon she can only control the moon's energy systems. Her communion to these energy systems allow for her to adapt to all of these different types of atmospheres when she transitions into them. For example, Storm has been able sense objects and people; as well as control ocean currents in what she describes as the "liquid atmosphere" underwater(See scans up above under the "Waves, Tides and Tsunamis" section). Considering the fact that ocean currents work in the same way as wind currents(driven by convection patterns and pressure differentials), Storm was easily able to utilize the ocean in the same way as she would on the surface with wind patterns once she adjusted to the new medium. She has been fed sustainable energy by the millions of stars and planets in the Galactic Core(an astronomical body/medium), after being exposed to it on a starship; before it had given her the strength to channel the stellar energy through herself to purge her body of a brood queen embryo. She has even manipulated space weather, such as solar flares and solar winds; and channeled the surrounding invisible energies of space into powerful lightning bolts; after discovering empty space as being a powerful medium full of energy patterns that she could control(See scans above under the "Radiant/Solar Energy" section) Mediums that Storm can manipulate relate to all of the above examples. Her powers adapt according to her medium/atmosphere, no matter how big. These mediums can make her both more powerful and vice versa, less powerful.
Described as a larger consciousness, her instincts, her subconscious, and the biosphere at work, Storm has a special connection to her elemental surroundings that grant her an instinctual understanding of the orders of nature and vice versa, with nature understanding her. Ororo has described this communion as the source that sustains her power and more importantly her soul. She can become "one" with this larger consciousness/Biosphere and molds the elements to her wills desire. It has been revealed that this connection works both ways. The elements can deny her control as well as act without her conscious consent. This mainly has to do with her emotional connection to her surroundings and could be perhaps what she really wants without subconsciously considering the consequences. Though this is not always the case, such as when the elements were much more violent than what she had wanted them to be on a vampire island; which forced her to completely stop using her powers altogether in fear of destroying her partner Gambit at the time of a mission(the elements were corrupt by dark magic); or when Doom's forest created a powerful paroxysm, when it used Storm to focus it's revenge against the men trying to destroy it, when she was too weakened to do so herself. This communion is always active, which allow for Ororo's powers to activate at a much quicker pace than one would suspect that they could. They can generate before a conscious thought, at an instinctual level and even instantaneously; considering the fact that the elements already do work at a subconscious level before Ororo makes a conscious thought, thanks to their communion with one another.
(see the "Biosphere and Atmosphere" and the "Potential Energy" section above for more related scans)
None of the weather that Storm manipulates can directly harm her, as her body compensates to accommodate for the extreme and harsh conditions of the weather. The atmosphere close to her body, such as heat, air pressure, and wind sheer are also automatically/subconsciously altered for her to survive and feel no ill effects. This is due to her communion with the biosphere(as discussed above) and her ability to be aware and in sync with her environment at all times. Therefore, Storm is immune to her power manifestations and all forms of extreme weather, but can be harmed or injured if another being with elemental abilities attacks her; considering her immunity relies largely on the amount of control that she has over the elements(someone else firing at her would be in control of that part of the elemental assault unless Storm wrests control of the attack from them). Her body itself is also highly resistant to the elements and has displayed some resistance to attacks such as lightning from Thor's hammer, a fire blast from Legion, or when she has covered her body in a sheet of ice. She has also shown that she can sense, as well as redirect and counter, attacks that are out of her control before they hit her. Such as wind assaults or lightning bolts for example.
(See the second set of scans in the "Thermal/Internal Energy" section above for more related scans)
Many may not know that Storm's ability to command the energy systems of an atmosphere also involve controlling the forces that pattern and factor the weather, such as heat, moisture, electricity and of course, air. This somewhat gives her the ability to channel and manipulate some of the factors of the weather directly. We have observed Ororo manipulating hydrogen atoms, electrons, and air directly. As well as alter the state of water into all of it's forms at command(from gas to liquid, liquid to ice and vice versa for example). Other examples include when was shown controlling wind with enough precision to levitate a single pebble to pick a lock, nabbed an unsuspecting Kitty Pryde from within the X-mansion and brought her several miles into the sky with her, so that they could have a private meeting. Or when she tagged the Blackbird in New York while being stationed in Wakanda at the time. She has even created a hyper-ionized patch of air inside of a digital camera to erase it's memory. This control can be applied to the human body as well, such as controlling oxygen levels in the lungs and manipulating pressure within the inner ear. She has threatened to run lightning through a persons insides(ouch), and has shown that she can drop the internal temperature of a gun -200 degrees after it had been fired and before the trigger could be pulled. Looking at this from a different perspective, this applies as well to her ability to produce effects that have not existed on Earth naturally, such as when she produced a Jovian pressure field with more pressure than is found on Jupiter to contain a small scale nuclear explosion. As long as she has the resources and strength, it can stand to reason that it would apply to many other effects. I would like to get into a bit more detail later with how this applies to her normal manifestations of her powers, such as when she produces storms or blizzards without affecting other areas, and the rules that she follows.
Lightning Force/Pressure gradients
Lightning usually only produces a shockwave as force when it strikes, but that is not all that Storm's lightning has been shown to do in the past. Looking at her powers from a general explanation, it was stated that she could manipulate both force and energy. Considering this, it is most likely the reason she has been able to apply force with her lightning, such as was the case when she blew a huge hole from the bottom of the sewers into the city streets, or when she smashed through rock and stone with it's force, created an electrical bomb explosion effect, destroyed the X-jet and other heavy metal objects, as well as have sent many of her opponents flying back with extreme force(enough to KO). They have even been used for defensive purposes as well, such as when she blocked a concussive force blast from Cyclops, detained a leaping Panther into a lightning force cage, or deflected Gambit's kinetically charged cards.
Storm also has excellent control over pressure. We have seen her instantly alter the state of pressure in a building to make it explode from the inside(she has been shown doing the same to a house). She can produce incredibly powerful barriers and fields to deflect objects and energy forces with her pressure control(Jovian pressure field shown above, as well her pressure dome, which she used to deflect falling debris and punch through a mountain top), and has shown enough precision to buffer out sound in a noisy club by creating a boundary layer over the door of a room, so that Yukio could hear her, as well as support a multistory skyscraper with this ability. Her pressure control seems to be a very underutilized ability, and has not been applied to her powers very often, aside from producing weather effects. It's power however, is unquestionable.
Something that was gradually gained through Ororo's time with the X-men, Storm has one of the most powerful wills of them all and is a powerful opponent against telepathy in battle. Going into detail, I would like to make it very clear that Storm's defenses for this archetype was something that grew over time and was not always applied in every encounter. All of our walkthroughs relate to things that have happened on a consistent basis, and for the most part, Storm has three different powers that give her defense to telepathy.
The first being her willpower. This came after several encounters with Emma Frost, who had come to be one of Ororo's deadliest foes before she eventually joined the X-men. Emma defeated her twice(though both were ambushes) with her telepathic powers, but after she switched bodies with Storm, and Ororo fully comprehended the way telepathy worked, she was able to best Emma in combat. Establishing for the first time that Emma would never dominate her mind again or anyone else. Since then, Ororo's will grew even more, all the way to a point where her indomitable will was being compared to the most powerful minds on the planet. Charles Xavier himself and Magneto(whom's will is second to none). Examples include when she withstood the combine power of Professor X, Psylocke, and Oracle in Warkull, who attempted to use their powers to destroy her and the X-men; When she fought Dracula's powerful mental hold over her, due to his shared mystical vampire blood within her; As well as when she resisted Malice's possession while being powerless. Considering that notion, it makes since to apply this to her ability to wrest control of other elemental controllers, such as Hydro-man with his water form, Blitzkriegs' electricity control, Amelia Voght's mist form(her movement), Shaman's blizzard, Hurricane's wind control, Living Lightning and Stardust's electrical forms, and bested the Trion in their own element. It also applies to her ability to disperse powerful storms. Her strength of will has always been quite strong. It could have been that she simply didn't know how to apply it against telepaths until she became one herself after switching bodies with Emma Frost.
Her second defense to telepathy is the increased electrical activity in her brain, described as static. This is a passive ability that wasn't applied until her run in X-treme X-men, when her best friend Jean tried to have a taste of her ice cream during a telepathic meeting. Jean stated that she was unable to taste the ice cream because there was too much static in her brain, due to the electrical forces that she controls and that it prevented anyone from doing any deeper probes. Considering Storm wasn't trying to resist her friend, it stands to reason that this power is always active. This was also used in Worlds Apart, when The Shadow King was unable to enter her mind due to the electrical forces that she controls. This had given Storm the advantage of preventing him from discovering her plans when she made a deal with the Goddess Bast, for her to hide within Ororo's mind and consume the Shadow King when he tried to enter. It also stands to reason that Storm has somehow been able to control this ability to some degree, considering she was able to trick the Shadow King into entering her mind at the conclusion of their battle.
Her third and final defensive ability towards telepathy also involve her electrical abilities. This was also revealed in X-Treme X-men, when Xavier attempted to have a meeting with an angry Ororo in his astral form. Who's emotions were out of control, causing a powerful electrical storm. Xavier notes that Ororo's lightning was causing him pain, and that he was barely able to even maintain communication with her under normal circumstances. This was also an indirect occurrence that only recently had shown to be the case. After a battle with Bogan, who was utilizing Rachel as his slave in an astral form, Storm allowed him to enter her mind before hitting the astral form directly with lightning, destroying it. This is good indication that Storm's electrical abilities have a direct and painful affect on psionic energy and telepaths in general. She has created a lightning field to block Rachel completely as well. This can also be applied to Telekinesis, considering both run off of the same energy systems. Storm has blocked both Candra(whom she beat in a duel), after deflecting her psionic bolts with lightning and blasting her continuously until she tore through her defenses. She has also calmed and blocked Psylocke's telekinesis when she lost control for a short period.
Amplification/Large Scale Mediums/Beings/Forces
It is often misconstrued that Ororo's power levels are inconsistent when referring to her ability to contain cosmic forces and manipulate forces much more powerful than Earth's. An easy way to understand the reason she is able to do this is by looking at her galactic core feat. Before she was able to channel the core, she first realized that she was being fed power, both physically and mentally. This power influx is what allowed her to reverse the brood queen transformation and destroy it. Considering this fact, it is more of a case where the power is actually allowing for her to pull off the feat and not herself, considering her ability to control these energies are dependent upon the strength of her body and willpower(both being magnified in this case). This was first indicated in the X-men's battle against the Alpha Flight, when Storm was forced to tax her abilities to their fullest in order to quell a powerful blizzard that Shaman had inadvertently caused. Storm stated that she was forced to tap into the electrical potential energy of the Earth itself to aid her in dispersing that powerful storm. This is directly referenced in her galactic core feat, just as she's channeling the stellar energies through her body to end the wretched brood embryo, but in that case it describes that things were magnified. Knowing this, it can be applied to many of her grand scale feats, such as when she wielded the wonders of the Trion dimension and utilize the full effects of it's power. It should also be noted that while this amplification does increase Storm's willpower, it is not the source of her willpower. Powerless, she was still shown to be incredibly willful against mind control and the likes(her battle with Malice's possession is a great example of this).
Which brings me to her ability to house cosmic essences. Doctor Strange has described that Ororo has an incredibly powerful will, much so that he knew she would be alright when he placed Eternity in her consciousness, exposing her mind to the wonders of the universe itself. However, this wasn't the first time Ororo had been exposed to such awareness. When Ororo bonded with the Acanti's Prophetsinger shortly after summoning the power of the galactic core(which she also gained a large scale awareness), she gained all sorts of the awareness from the universe while she nurtured the space whale until it could fend for itself. Acanti's are said to have knowledge of the universe even before the big bang, and is passed down from each other. They were hunted by the brood for this knowledge and for a vessel for them to survive in. Considering this fact, it stands to reason that Storm had already been exposed to a large part of the universe under another large scale being, long before she housed Eternity. Considering that fact, it was childs play to host Bast in her mind to trick the Shadow King, and have him be consumed by the Panther Goddess.
Possible Abilities by THUNDERBOLT30 and SonofStorm
Strength - With her ability to manipulate pressure to the most minute degree it's not outside the realm of possibility that Storm could one day possess super strength. We know this because of the crushing pressures of Earth's oceans. It would be simple for her to reverse this. Imagine being hit with a fist that is covered by the pressure of 6 or 7 new "atmospheres". That would EASILY put down some of the toughest faces in Marvel.
Shield- We've seen her use this power before. But what about the remix? Why can't she pull a IW and make it skin tight? You would be hard pressed to find a person capable of pounding through a shield of Jovian pressure. Physical attacks would be all but useless. Energy attacks would be scattered (depending on the power/person behind it).
Binding Forces- We all know that electricity bonds atoms together (Ionic Bonds). Now we know that Storm has almost prefect control over electricity (that she's handling) so why can't she just sever or suppress these bonds? With a thought she'd be able to literally "blink" them out of existence. Something her sister has been doing for ages. Nothing and basically no one would be immune to this. No matter how strong or how durable they are. No character would be able to withstand this attack. Could they come back from it? It's a strong possibility depending on which character. But the average one... Nope.
Telepathy - Now I'm not talking about Emma or Professor X telepathy. But more along the lines of reading and controlling where the electrical surge in the mind takes place and seeing what they are thinking. For example lets say she's fighting some average thug. She "reads" that the electricity in his brain is collecting around the area that triggers violence. She takes that electricity and re-directs it to the "fight or flight" area of the brain and presses the "flight" button. Saving her from the need to fight.
Fry - We know that Storm can see the human nervous system. Add that to her ability to control electrical forces and she should be able to fry that nervous system. Again no person would be immune to it because almost every living thing has one. Now people like Surge, Magneto, Thor, ect... might be resistant/immune to this power. But the average villains wont be. They'd be at her complete mercy. She could choose to paralyze them from the neck or waist down. Or just outright kill them.
Absolute control - She can read the nervous system so why can't she control it? We know that she can control the elements inside the human body. So what is the reason she can't do it? Could it be her moral compass? Perhaps she already can but just doesn't?
Super speed - Now this one would be the most difficult IMO. Because depending on the writer this could be an awesome boost. Or something that would just be deadly... If Storm can see other people nervous system and has such fine control over electricity why can she mess with her own? Boost her own synapses and her nervous system. Now here's where the trouble may start. One writer could say that her powers would protect her from the damage of moving at speeds that are not the norm for humans. Another could say that each time she does this she's damaging herself. Whatever the case I don't see Storm outrunning people like Northstar. I'm more in the area of her giving people like Captain America and Spiderman a good run for reflexes and speed.
Neural Jump start - Now this is something that we normally see people like Emma and Jean doing. But what exactly do they do? We saw Emma use her powers and boost Hellion's powers. Now since his powers are controlled by his mind we can take an educated guess and say that Emma just amped his electrical impulses that control his powers (since we have seen her bootstrapping her own brain pattern). So what's stopping Storm from doing this? Again depending on the writer she could do it alone or with help (to know which part to enhance).
Direct Control/Manipulation Nitrogen - Since nitrogen compose a notable portion of the earth's air, she can directly manipulate this elements, igniting them with electricity to create intense and massive explosions but with such fine control to not burn up the planet.
EM Force-fields - Since EM fields are found in storms she can use these fields to create a protective force field.
Universal Awareness - She's already housed the essence of Eternity in her psyche with no problem, and has a bond with the entire planet. This bond enhances of encompass the universe, allowing her to access star energy ( like she did in the galactic core) while on earth, but under such control that the earth's natural balance is maintained.