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 One extraordinary supercell produced a colossal tornado — or series of tornadoes — that chewed a 250-mile path of destruction from eastern Arkansas into Kentucky. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 Having predicted supercell distributions for the coming century, the researchers are working to forecast how these distributions might change in the next couple of decades. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 10 Dec. 2021 The storm turned into what's called a supercell thunderstorm, a type of storm that can produce conditions ripe for damage, including high winds and the kind of tornado that ripped through Gaylord. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2022 The supercell formed as thunderstorms swept across Michigan. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 20 May 2022 According to the National Weather Service this tornado was produced by a supercell thunderstorm that began in Newton County, Miss., at 2:54 p.m., and finally dissipated in Macon County, N.C., at approximately 10:18 p.m. Leigh Morgan, al, 27 Apr. 2022 This wind shear, in turn, helped to produce what is known as ‘supercell’ thunderstorms, within which the entire storm updraft rotates which results in very strong storms which also tend to sustain themselves. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Hood said a long supercell storm that tracked across the Ozarks had the potential to cause serious damage. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 8 Mar. 2022 Forecasters will also be watching in case supercell storms develop ahead of the main line. Leigh Morgan, al, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of supercell

1985, in the meaning defined above

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“Supercell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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