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SUPERCELL definition and PHOTOS

What is a Supercell? A simple definition for a supercell would be: a thunderstorm with a deep persistent rotating updraft (mesocyclone). This rotation of the storm is the major difference between supercells and multicell storms. Supercells are rare, but are responsible for most severe weather events - especially tornadoes. Very large hail and damaging straight-line winds are also created by supercells. Supercells tend to travel to the right of the main steering winds which chasers call right movers. Chasers may also talk of HP storms(high precipitation) and LP storms(Low Precipitation) which are varieties of storms, but whether or not they qualify as a supercell is dependent on them having this deep persistent rotating updraft.
For more info see our Weather Glossary.
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Strongly rotating storm Near Scotts Bluff Nebraska.  Photo by Tornado Tim

Simply a most incredible supercell seen here in South Dakota.

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  Near Plainville,
Ks. June 15th, 1992. Photo by Gene Rhoden
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Near Garden City,
Ks.  May 16th, 1995  Photos by Scott Overpeck

In this loop you can see a beautiful image of a supercell thunderstorm producing a large tornado, which was confirmed by storm spotters on the ground.
Wellington Lake, Ks on May 25, 1997. A large tornado on radar as it crossed Interstate 35 south of Wichita.

In the last frame a small circle at the vortex reveals the tornado itself.


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by (Matt Dennis)
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Cowley Co,
Kansas.  Photo by Matt Dennis
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