The enormity of a supercell storm tracked in Kansas - WRBL

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The enormity of a supercell storm tracked in Kansas

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Supercell near Ness City - Kansas - May 7 2013 Supercell near Ness City - Kansas - May 7 2013
NESS CITY, KS -

Derek Dodson gives News 3 and The First Alert Weather team an exclusive look at a classic (textbook) supercell.

Derek is from Columbus, Georgia and no doubt is a weather enthusiast. Derek is part of a storm chaser's group hoping to find a tornado on the south end of a cold front, but instead he's taken a back from this awesome supercell. "No tornadoes yet", says Dodson, which he now realizes theres a lot of work to chasing storms.

The First Alert Weather team is also tracking this same storm system, but we are not expecting these type of storms for us this weekend. Click Here For A Complete Look At Your Weekend Forecast.

Definition: A supercell is a thunderstorm that is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone: a deep, persistently rotating updraft. For this reason, these storms are sometimes referred to as rotating thunderstorms.

Of the four classifications of thunderstorms (supercell, squall line, multi-cell, and single-cell), supercells are the overall least common and have the potential to be the most severe.

Supercells are often isolated from other thunderstorms, and can dominate the local climate up to 32 kilometres (20 mi) away.

Here's a sneak peak of what Derek and his chasers captured. More on the Nightwatch at 11/10 CDT.

Supercell near Ness City - Kansas - May 7 2013

 

Bob Jeswald

Bob worked as a meteorologist in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona before deciding to head back to the fountain city to raise his family. More>>

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