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Tropical Severe Local Storms

Tropical Severe Local Storms
At the end of this module, learners should be able to:
  • Describe the ingredients necessary for thunderstorm formation
  • Describe how soundings can be used to identify environments conducive to thunderstorm formation
  • Describe the ordinary thunderstorm lifecycle
  • Recall the distribution of lightning in the tropics
  • Describe the formation, structure, duration of multi-cellular storms
  • Describe the structure and formation mechanisms of supercells and supercell tornadoes
  • Use radar and satellite imagery to identify different types of thunderstorms particularly supercells
  • Describe the structure and formation of non-supercell tornadoes
  • Describe the structure and formation of waterspouts
  • Describe the structure and formation of dust devils
  • Compare and contrast the size, duration, and wind speeds of tornadoes, waterspouts, and dust devils
  • Describe hazards associated with each type of thunderstorm
  • Describe thunderstorm downdrafts and their impacts