Plan View: Updraft in a Hypothetical Supercell Simulation

Science Behind the Image

An orange surface clipped at 12,000 meters elevation shows 50 m/s vertical Wind Velocity, grey is strong Vorticity Magnitude. Using a simplified weather map color key, the Radar Reflectivity background shows precipitation intensity at 500 meters above ground. The hook echo pattern at lower left often reveals severe weather.



Greg Foss
Greg Abram

University of Oklahoma

Amy McGovern

University of Oklahoma, NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratorya

Corey Potvin