Types of thunderstorms – the supercell

 

  Supercell
 
Supercells are the most powerful of all storms and have updrafts that rotate
 
Supercells produce the most intense tornadoes, largest hailstones, extremely heavy rainfall and strongest straight line winds

 Strong enough rotation throughout a supercell upraft can lead to tornadoes.

Types of thunderstorms – the squall line

 

Squall line
 
One or more storm cells will develop into a LINE complex
 
Strong straight line winds, heavy rain, hail and weak tornadoes can occur
 
Features include spectacular shelf clouds

Types of thunderstorms – the multicell

 

Multicell

 

Two or more storm cells will develop into a complex.
 
These last much longer as a complex of cells than a single cell storm.

These can produce large hail, severe winds, heavy rain and even tornadoes.