Multicell & Supercell Thunderstorms: Characteristics & Types


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What kinds of severe thunderstorms form in a circular cluster?

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1. Which types of thunderstorms are the most severe?

2. What types of storms form in a line ahead of a cold front?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

From our perspective on the ground, thunderstorms are all just thunder, lightning, rain and maybe some wind. But at the cloud level there are actually different types of thunderstorms. This lesson and matching quiz will go over the major types of these storms. Some points you'll be tested on include conditions that create thunderstorms and the differences between each type.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Thunderstorms that form in a circular cluster
  • The most severe type of thunderstorm
  • Storms that form before a cold front
  • The conditions that lead to thunderstorms
  • Indications that a tornado is forming

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use these assessment questions to test your recollection of the characteristics and formation of different types of thunderstorms
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast one type of thunderstorm from others on the basis of severity, formation and shape
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of the subject to identify specific types of thunderstorms based on the information that you're given in the assessment questions

Additional Learning

Learn more about thunderstorms by going over the lesson called Multicell & Supercell Thunderstorms: Characteristics & Types. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The formation of thunderstorms
  • Multicell storms
  • Mesoscale convective complexes
  • Squall line storms
  • Supercell thunderstorms