Thunderstorm characteristics, formation, and forecasting are covered in this chapter. The next chapter covers thunderstorm hazards including hail, gust fronts, lightning, and tornadoes.
- 14.1: Thunderstorm Characteristics
- Thunderstorms are convective clouds with large vertical extent, often with tops near the tropopause and bases near the top of the boundary layer. Their official name is cumulonimbus, for which the abbreviation is Cb.