Definition of supercell in English:

Share this entry

supercell

Pronunciation: /ˈsuːpəsɛl/

noun

Meteorology
A large slow-moving area of updraught and downdraught which causes violent thunderstorms, heavy hail, and tornadoes.
Example sentences
  • As mentioned earlier, a type of thunderstorm called a supercell creates the strongest tornadoes.
  • This disturbance provides the strong vertical wind shear that gives an updraft its twisting motion, turning a normal thunderstorm into a potentially tornado spawning supercell.
  • These state-of-the-art detection units allow forecasters to peek inside a supercell and look for a Tornado Vortex Signature, or TVS.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: super|cell

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.