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

Examples of supercell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For this additional supercell, radar implied a counterclockwise rotation indicative a fairly broad mesocyclone. Washington Post, "The evolution of a damaging tornado that struck Edgewater, Md., near Annapolis, Thursday evening," 4 Sep. 2020 Rotating supercell thunderstorms will be possible before storms tend to merge into the evening. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Showers could continue tonight; strong storm threat possible Saturday afternoon," 31 July 2020 New York City was targeted by a supercell thunderstorm Monday. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: An isolated shower or storm through evening, with more around the area Wednesday," 30 June 2020 From May to June, the Plains are an ideal location for large supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes due to the combination of those weather factors. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Severe weather expected for millions across Plains before storms target Midwest," 13 May 2020 Jim Stefkovick, meteorologist with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, said after a brief lull, supercell storms are expected to form in Mississippi and begin entering western Alabama after 2 p.m. before spreading eastward. Leada Gore |, al, "What time will severe weather arrive where I live?," 19 Apr. 2020 Forecasters were tracking multiple storm clusters and supercells in Tennessee that could drop southward and clip part of Alabama this evening. Leigh Morgan, al, "Update: Alabama counties dropped from severe thunderstorm watch," 4 May 2020 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center is warning of long-lasting supercell thunderstorms and strong tornadoes in Texas and the southeastern states. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Easter weekend could see the most dangerous weather outbreak yet this season," 11 Apr. 2020 The tornadoes all occurred within the same tornado family, originating from one lone supercell thunderstorm that tracked more than 275 miles across the Volunteer State. Matthew Cappucci,, "Tornado east of Nashville on Tuesday was nation’s most intense in nearly three years," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of supercell

1985, in the meaning defined above

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10 Sep 2020

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“Supercell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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