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 The supercell storm sprung several tornadoes along its path, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, before sprouting at least one very powerful one overnight in Newnan, causing extensive damage around the city. Taylor Umlauf, WSJ, "Violent Tornado in Georgia Destroys One Side of a Street, Spares the Other," 27 Mar. 2021 Known as a supercell, the storm spawned at least six tornadoes in Alabama and stretched into Georgia. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "Tornadoes devastate Alabama and Georgia," 26 Mar. 2021 Ahead of this storm, supercell thunderstorms are expected to break out Thursday afternoon and evening from Mississippi to Kentucky, with damaging winds, violent tornadoes and baseball-sized hail. Max Golembo, ABC News, "'Violent' tornado threat bears down on Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi," 25 Mar. 2021 This twisting and turning with height is a recipe for rotating supercell thunderstorms which commonly produce strong tornadoes. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Another major tornado outbreak takes aim at the Southeast this week," 24 Mar. 2021 The radar features used to identify this supercell, shown above, were subtle. Washington Post, "The evolution of a damaging tornado that struck Edgewater, Md., near Annapolis, Thursday evening," 4 Sep. 2020 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

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First Known Use of supercell

1985, in the meaning defined above

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8 Apr 2021

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“Supercell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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