Tuesday, November 11, 2014

mesocyclone supercell gif westpoint nebraska

Science in GIFs:  A Mesocyclone Supercell at West Point Nebraska

Why is this not a tornado?

Technically, a “tornado” is a rotating vortex cloud that touches the ground. Needs a funnel first. We’re looking at a “mesocyclone” which is the rapidly rotating core of a supercell from which tornadoes can form. Now, a tornado could form from this storm at any time, so it would have a tornado warning attached to it. These kinds of rotation are what is seen on radar.


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