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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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 Kelton Halbert was chasing after supercell storms near Kansas City when he was rewarded with the view of a tornado twisting down to a farm field. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stunning pictures of clouds, tornado and solar eclipse win UW-Madison photo contest," 15 May 2018 Things quickly changed, though, when by sunset a powerful supercell thunderstorm was tracking east along Interstate 40 in the western Oklahoma Panhandle. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Fire and rain: Here’s how a wildfire sparked a freak thunderstorm in Texas," 17 May 2018 On this day: In 1957, a supercell thunderstorm spawned an F2 tornado that touched down in Assumption Parish. Carlie Kollath Wells,, "Gorgeous fall day expected Monday in New Orleans: Oct. 23 forecast," 23 Oct. 2017 Initially, the storms will develop as individual cells or supercells capable of all types of severe weather. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Severe storms threaten weekend plans — even a few tornadoes possible," 12 Oct. 2017 The combination of shear and instability that a hurricane offers still produces small supercell storms that are more likely to spawn tornadoes than ordinary thunderstorm cells, NOAA said. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Why tornadoes are among a hurricane's potent threats," 10 Sep. 2017

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1985, in the meaning defined above

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