How does a supercell form during a spring event?

started by AreonyxWeather, May 28, 2017
5 replies to this discussion
  • I have no idea how it forms but I do know supercell form tornadoes when hot and cold air swirl around into a tornado

     

  • Expert Member

    A supercell thunderstorm is a storm that has a rotating updraft – these storms are most likely to produce severe hail, winds and even tornadoes.  These storms are “solo,” meaning they won’t be a part of a line.  A tornado can form from a supercell thunderstorm, but not all supercells produce tornadoes.  NWS Amarillo has a great explainer as well as photos: https://www.weather.gov/ama/supercell

    • Member

      @alexwilson, supercells are basically the mothers of all thunderstorms since they have their own life cycles and last hours.  Thanks for the great link mentioned above!  I look forward to checking it out.  #supercellDYK 😉

  • Member

    The way I understand it, there are three basic ingredients needed for thunderstorm development: Lift (Cold front, dryline, etc.), instability (CAPE), and moisture. A multitude of different factors can determine the intensity of the storms, but that is more complex and much harder to forecast.

  • Expert Member

    Absolutely!  You just named 3/4 of SLIM – the acronym we use for the severe factors of shear, lift, instability and moisture.  There is still quite a bit of uncertainty as to why some storms produce tornadoes and some do not.

    • Member

      @alexwilson and Dr. @twcerikanavarro, I have contemplated this analogy that I articulate as the #SLIManalogy.  Wind direction or wind speed is to shear as cold front, dryline, and low pressure are to lift; as CAPE is to instability as both humidity and dew point are to moisture.  Now that is a #SLIMbreakdown to easily remember.  ⚡️🌪🌈💦🤓

Reply to How does a supercell form during a spring event?

X

Join the We Love Weather Community

You’re trying to access an exclusive feature–and trust us, you don’t want to miss it!

Sign up to We Love Weather today and enjoy these exclusive member benefits:

  • Access Exclusive Content
  • Receive Weekly Newsletters
  • Post Your Weather Photos
  • Participate in Our Forums
  • Create Your Own Profile

What are you waiting for? It only takes a minute to join!

Already a member?