Radar Signatures of Common Thunderstorm Types

Single Cells

Single Cells (Can be briefly associated with severe weather at maturity--such storms are called "pulse" storms because they appear to pulse "on" and "off" as they appear and disappear on radar.


Multicell Group: Multicell Convective System/Bow Echo

Multicell Group: Squall Line

Multicell Group near the Oklahoma Missouri border: Mesoscale Convective System

But there are several supercells just north of the Oklahoma border.

Squall-line (multicell group) with bowed segments (areas where the outflow is particularly strong -- derecho)


Tornadic Supercell in southwest KS

Radar Velocity Plot

Surface Chart

300 mb Chart

LaPlata, MD Tornadic Supercell (F5 Tornado)