Thunderstorms are quite common in moist temperate climates. Occasionally, atmospheric conditions support even stronger storms, featuring hail, destructive winds, and even tornadoes. These events warrant even more caution and pose a significant risk to both life and property.
Watches and warnings are issued for these events when they are either likely or imminent, and you should take them seriously. But what differs from the basic thunderstorm development process that makes these storms severe? That’s the subject of this chapter.