supercell

noun
su·​per·​cell | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌsel How to pronounce supercell (audio) \

Definition of supercell

: an unusually large storm cell specifically : a severe storm generated by such a cell

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These patterns help to influence a large-scale atmospheric circulation system that favors the formation of supercell thunderstorms and sets up conditions for tornadoes to form. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Possible Links Between Warming and Tornadoes Are Still Murky," 22 Aug. 2019 While the supercell churns in the sky, the chances of it becoming a tornado are slim—only 30 percent of these storms produce a tornado per National Geographic. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Tornadoes Form?," 22 July 2019 This happens when air descending from the supercell causes rotation near the ground. Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic, "What we know—and what we don't—about the science of tornadoes," 21 May 2019 According to the National Weather Service, the funnel was likely not caused by a supercell thunderstorm, the traditional method for the formation of a tornado. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Rare funnel cloud spotted near Rocky Mountain National Park," 25 July 2019 The National Weather Service explains the four types of thunderstorms: single cell; multi-cell cluster; squall line; and supercell. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Parts of Florida under a severe weather warning. Conditions favor a round of storms," 4 June 2019 Roughly one in a thousand storms become supercells. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "'Tornado Alley' and other things to know during tornado season," 16 May 2018 Learn the difference between all the different types of thunderstorms from single cell storms, multi-cell clusters, squall lines, and supercells. Max Londberg And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "'A few tornadoes are possible': Tornado watch in effect in KC area until Thursday | The Kansas City Star," 2 May 2018 With the way things are going this week at the Capitol, tornadic supercells would have likely spun through the South Lawn. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Immigration fight is no picnic: Reps brawl, Dems jeer and cops search for Trump-accosting intern," 21 June 2018

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1985, in the meaning defined above

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