Meaning of AIR-MASS THUNDERSTORM in English

AIR-MASS THUNDERSTORM

Generally, a thunderstorm not associated with a front or other type of synoptic-scale forcing mechanism. Air mass thunderstorms typically are associated with warm, humid air in the summer months; they develop during the afternoon in response to insolation , and dissipate rather quickly after sunset. They generally are less likely to be severe than other types of thunderstorms, but they still are capable of producing downbursts , brief heavy rain, and (in extreme cases) hail over 3/4 inch in diameter. See popcorn convection .

Since all thunderstorms are associated with some type of forcing mechanism, synoptic-scale or otherwise, the existence of true air-mass thunderstorms is debatable. Therefore the term is somewhat controversial and should be used with discretion.

A comprehensive English glossary of weather.      Полный английский глоссарий погоды.