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What Makes Thunderstorms Severe

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 25, 2011

What Makes Thunderstorms SevereThunderstorms that precede a cold front are generally stronger and more likely to reach severe proportions than localized thunderstorms associated with tropical air masses. A few things must happen in the earth’s atmosphere in order for a thunderstorm to become severe. 
Severe Thunderstorms

By definition, a severe thunderstorm is a thunderstorm that contains any one or more of the following three weather conditions:

  • Hail that is 3/4 of an inch or greater in diameter
  • Winds 58 miles per hour or greater
  • Tornadoes

Supercell thunderstorms are fierce and can sometimes discharge a number of tornadoes. They are tremendously powerful and well-organized, containing rotating columns of rising air.
These storms are capable of maintaining severe thunderstorm strength for hours. They can also produce dangerous straight line winds, large hail and torrential rain. Sometimes these storms spawn particularly strong tornadoes.
Frequently, a severe thunderstorm develops as part of a cold front associated with strong jet stream winds in the upper levels of the troposphere. Spurred on by the jet stream, this line of severe thunderstorms is called a squall line. Bow echoes associated with squall lines or mesoscale convective systems can produce widespread damage.

Downbursts And Microbursts

Severe thunderstorms can create incredible violence as they pass over an area. Among their most devastating aspects are Down bursts.

A downburst is a severe localized wind blasting down from a thunderstorm. These strong downward currents are classified by meteorologists as microbursts if the downburst covers an area less than 2.5 miles in diameter and as macrobursts if the down burst covers an area of at least 2.5 miles in diameter.
Wind shear is any sudden change of speed or direction in wind flow. Since a microburst is a sudden vertical drop of air, it produces considerable wind shear. Check how thunderstorms form for more information. Severe thunderstorms occur almost everywhere, but here are a few historical ones that have been notable.

Property owners along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean should strongly consider installing hurricane shutters. Category 5 hurricanes can result in structural damages in excess of 15 miles from the shore. Cat 5 hurricane shutters are recommended for all regions close to the shore.

Cats 5 Shutters has installed Hurricane Shutters, Storm Shutters, Roll-up and down shutters, Windows Shutters, Bahama Shutters, Accordion Shutters, Shutters for Windows and Hurricane Protection throughout multiple counties in South Florida.

Distributed by Viestly


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