Storm Anatomy Diagram: October 4, 2013 Supercell

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Today’s storm anatomy diagram takes a look at an outflow dominant supercell approaching Clinton, Oklahoma on the evening of October 4, 2013.

This storm was relatively high based and also just so incredibly outflow dominant. We discuss some telltale signs of how to tell that in this video — the big key is looking for a sustained/consistent source of inflow into the lower levels from the expected position near the Updraft/downdraft interface.

In this case, that’s not present but what is are little scud tags all under the updraft both hanging out and moving every which way (not a good sign for low level storm organization).

While this storm is severe during the filming of this segment, it had very little chance of producing a tornado. A good reminder that not all supercells are necessarily tornadic.