The Basics of Multicells

///The Basics of Multicells

The Basics of Multicells

Multicells are a type of thunderstorm and are pretty common types of storms. 

These storm types form on days with weak/modest wind shear and/or on days with weak capping.

These thunderstorms are organized in clusters of at least 2-4 short-lived cells. Each cell generates a cold air outflow and these individual outflows combine to form a large gust front. Convergence along the gust front causes new cells to develop every 5 to 15 minutes. The cells move roughly with the mean wind. However, the area (storm) motion usually deviates significantly from the mean wind due to discrete propagation (new cell development) along the gust front. The multicellular nature of the storm is usually apparent on radar with multiple reflectivity cores and maximum tops.

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By |2018-11-22T15:10:02-06:00November 22nd, 2018|How Storms Work, Titan U|0 Comments

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