LCL, LFC, and EL are three often overlooked values for new storm chasers, but they’re vitally important to how a storm chase day is going to go. The easiest way to approach these is via Skew-Ts.

Skew-Ts can be a confusing thing to read, but the methods for finding what you are looking for are straightforward.

In this video we are talking about three things:

LCLs (Lifted condensation layer): The place where you’ll see cloud bases begin to form as the air parcel saturates and rises wet adiabatically is the LCL.

LFC (Layer of Free Convection): When the air parcel is warmer than the surrounding atmosphere and is free to rise uninhibited upwards.

EL (Equilibrium layer): Where the air parcel meets air at the same temperature high in the atmosphere, usually where storm anvils form.

Let’s take a look at how to find the LCL, LFC, and EL on a Skew-T…

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