Storm Anatomy Diagram: March 25, 2018 Supercell

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Today’s storm anatomy diagram covers a supercell from March of this year in North Texas!

There’s a lot to cover in this one, but two newer things we’d like to highlight

-The Beaver Tail: This area of clouds seems to extend from the updraft to the east along the forward flank downdraft. This feature also seems to stream into the updraft. A beaver tail is the interaction of inflow air and the cool/moist air from the FFD interacting — just in this case its condensing there as it streams into the updraft. This area is likely always there with supercells, just sometimes you can see it with a beaver tail and sometimes you can’t.

-Strength of Updraft via Its Crispness: This is another concept we’d like to touch on with an existing storm. We’ve hit on this a bit with an older video — but generally the more crisp/hard the edges of an updraft look, the more robust it is. The softer those edges are, the weaker the updraft is. This can help spot trends in storm strength well before radar picks it up.

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