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This one is a cold front. A warm front would have similar features, but more gradual.
Warm front chasing cool air
Cold front chasing warm air
Faster-moving cold front gradually overtakes warm air and causes warm air to lift.
Notice that the cold front side shows more severe radar returns – more vigorous lifting and more severe weather.
Relatively Cold Air
Relatively Warm Air
Notice that in a mid-latitude cyclone, cold and warm air don’t mix at first.
As Coriolis force helps turn the air, mixing begins as warm, humid air lifts over cooler, drier air that is more heavy.
Rising air provokes condensation, precipitation and strong winds.
At the end, warm air is temporarily stable above cold air below.
The difference between warm/wet and cool/dry
helps produce rising air, high wind, precipitation, hail, lightning.
Warm, wet air rises above cool/dry air classic “frontal” storm.
Mountainous regions, such as the Rockies and the Appalachians, experience a greater number of air-mass thunderstorms.
Because Utah is fairly dry, we have enough heat for dust devils and brief air-mass thunderstorms.
For really severe weather, heat and humidity are needed – not just “cash”, but “credit”
Warmer, more humid air
No. However, a persistent pattern of more severe weather is consistent with other findings about climate change.
Based on this chart, can we use single events to support the theory of global warming?
A November 2013 tornado reached nearly 200 mph
2013 tornado in Oklahoma probably produced 300 mph wind.