Thunderstorms are storms that are accompanied by lightning and thunder. Thunderstorm, also known as a lightning storm, an electrical storm and thundershowers.
There are five main classifications:
- Severe thunderstorms
- Single cell thunderstorms
- Multi-cell clusters thunderstorms
- Multi-cell Lines thunderstorms
- Super-cells thunderstorms
Severe thunderstorms usually have a wind of over 80 km/h, and are considered extremely severe. It can also produce a tornado.
Single cell thunderstorms
Single cell known as pulse thunderstorms and developed from updrafts of warm air in the atmosphere. It usually begins with cold air from the sea colliding with warm air and moisture. These storms do not usually last very long and are not considered severe.
Multi-cell clusters thunderstorms
This consist of groups of single cells thunderstorms moving together and the strongest cells are located in the centre of the cluster while the weaker ones are far apart from the group. This type is much more severe than a single cell one and it lasts longer. They produced clouds, thunder, lightning and strong wings.
Multi-cell Line thunderstorms
This consists of a single group of single cell thunderstorms moving together in a line with a strong gust of wind at the head of the line. These types of storm produces strong winds, heavy rains, frequent lightning and can even produce a tornado.
Super-cell thunderstorms are large storms, which consist of strong, fast, varying winds. This creates severe weather, which includes tornadoes, flash floods, hailstones and dangerous winds moving at 130 km/h. Most tornadoes are actually formed inside super-cell storms.