What Are Single Cell Storms?

///What Are Single Cell Storms?

What Are Single Cell Storms?

Single cell storms are shorter lived storms with life spans of under an hour being pretty typical.

These storms form in environments with weak wind shear.

Severe weather does occur with single cells, usually damaging winds or lower end severe hailstones.

This type of thunderstorm develops in weak vertical wind shear environments. On a hodograph, this would appear as a closely grouped set of random dots around the center of the graph. They are characterized by a single updraft core and a single downdraft that descends into the same area as the updraft. The downdraft and its outflow boundary then cut off the thunderstorm inflow. This causes the updraft and the thunderstorm to dissipate. Single cell thunderstorms are short-lived. They only last about 1/2 hour to an hour. These thunderstorms will occasionally become severe (3/4 inch hail, wind gusts in the excess of 58 miles an hour, or a tornado), but only briefly. In this case, they are called Pulse Severe Thunderstorms.

NWS Glossary
By |2018-11-22T15:15:32-06:00November 22nd, 2018|How Storms Work, Titan U|0 Comments

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