Definition of supercell
: an unusually large storm cell; specifically : a severe storm generated by such a cell
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The combination of moderate destabilization and shear is sufficient to support a few strong multicellular-type thunderstorms, and perhaps even a supercell or two (which contains a rotating updraft called a mesocyclone).
The dog along for the ride, however, was not impressed: The storm, known as a supercell because of its rotating winds, did not spawn a tornado.
GOES16's captured this imagery of lightning associated with last week's supercell thunderstorms in the Central US!
As the supercell moved north toward Dodge City, twisters kept spinning out of the storm clouds.
Tuesday's storms were part of two supercells that formed in the Texas Panhandle before moving to the north and east.
A tornadic supercell pummeled the area around Morton, Texas, with windshield-cracking hail.
The Greensburg tornado was one of 22 produced by the same supercell thunderstorm.
A supercell is essentially a rotating thunderstorm.
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