Breakdown: Why storm ‘training’ can cause floods

Breakdown: Why storm ‘training’ can cause floods

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Flash flooding, it is one of the deadliest natural disasters in the United States. Flash flooding can seem to happen in an instant. Did you know that there is a term called “training” that causes lots of rain to fall and lead to flash flooding?

In this episode of the Breakdown, we will discuss why storm training can cause flooding to occur in your neighborhood.

In meteorology, the term training denotes repeated areas of rain, typically associated with thunderstorms that move over the same region in a relatively short period of time.

Training thunderstorms can produce excessive rainfall totals, often causing flash flooding.

Showers and storm trains will develop in one area of stationary instability and are advanced along a single path by prevailing winds.

More showers and storms can also develop when the gust front collide with warmer air outside of the storm.

The same process repeats in the new storms until overall conditions in the surrounding atmosphere become too stable to support thunderstorm activity.

Showers and storms can also develop along stationary fronts and winds will move them down the front.

The name “training” is derived from how a train and its cars travel along a track, moving along a single path without the track moving.

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