Sometimes, supercells are just some incredibly powerful things.

Today’s storm anatomy diagram details what was one of the more interesting and unique storms we’ve gotten a chance to document.

This storm really didn’t have anything too unique structure wise — it was a typical high based late Spring supercell except it featured some incredible inflow from multiple directions.

This was an incredible storm because on multiple levels there was incredibly strong inflow. This storm didn’t quite get over the hump to produce a tornado, which is a curious case — because in so many ways it had everything you look for.

Rain bands were wrapping around the low level meso, inflow was strong, and the storm was isolated.

So what gives?

Lamont, OK 0z Sounding.

Lamont, OK 0z Sounding.

The above is the 0z sounding from Lamont, OK in the north-central part of the state.

This was a case, I think of the storm lacking good low level moisture in an otherwise hot atmosphere. Despite a 0-1km helicity well over 100, the high LCL created an environment that made tornadogenesis a bit more difficult. In fact, the storm had quite a dragging gust front due to what was also a pretty strong tendency to gust out outflow. This is a typical problem with higher based storms — and this mid-June earth-sucker was no exception.

Supercell's radar image taken about the same time as the time-lapse above. June 16, 2011

Supercell’s radar image taken about the same time as the time-lapse above. June 16, 2011. Check our friends out at