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Supercell Structure

Supercells have a common structure, as can be seen by the left diagram below. Computer model visualizations (below right) can capture most of this structure.

[Image: (32K)] [Image: (22K)] Image by NCSA/Wilhelmson
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Supercells are characteristically tall storms -- reaching way up into the stratosphere. The main updraft and downdraft mutually support one another leading to a long lasting storm. Click on the image below to explore a 3D severe storm through VRML.

Click to explore VRML Storm (11MB).

Click to explore VRML Storm.

Terms for using data resources. CD-ROM available.
Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.