su·​per·​cell ˈsü-pər-ˌsel How to pronounce supercell (audio)
: an unusually large storm cell
specifically : a severe storm generated by such a cell

Examples of supercell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike tornadoes on the Great Plains, which often are associated with powerful rotating thunderstorms called supercell, these tornadoes were possibly not associated with that type of storm. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 That’s the second-highest level of risk for thunderstorms and is usually reserved for days when several supercells produce intense tornadoes, large hail or destructive squall lines with widespread damaging winds. Molly Fellin Spence, Baltimore Sun, 14 Aug. 2023 This risk is usually reserved for days with several supercells producing intense tornadoes and/or very large hail, or an intense squall line with widespread damaging winds. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Mar. 2023 However, in full disclosure, there is some expert speculation in social media and compelling Doppler radar imagery that suggests supercell characteristics may have been present with the one of the tornadoes. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Under either trajectory, the number of annual supercell storms becomes more frequent and intense, with the mean supercell activity increasing in the U.S. by 7-15%. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2023 Moreover, that is also where a couple of rogue supercells, or more discrete, isolated rotating storms, are expected to form. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 27 July 2023 Another video shared by Kirk Giglio shows the base of a supercell — storms containing rotating updrafts — passing over Shelbyville. Miranda Jeyaretnam, The Indianapolis Star, 26 June 2023 Forecasters said that clusters of storms, including supercells, will continue to track east-southeast through south Alabama through this evening. Leigh Morgan, al, 15 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supercell was in 1985

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“Supercell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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