Severe weather (meteorology)


October 17, 2021

We speak of severe weather when the weather conditions are so extreme that they experience nuisance. This can be the case during severe storms or heavy and prolonged rainfall. Severe weather can cost human lives and cause major material damage. If severe weather is predicted in the Netherlands, the KNMI will issue a weather alarm. For Belgium this is the RMI.


Storms that cause severe weather require wind shear and instability. An overlap between the two parameters could be the cocktail that will cause violent thunderstorms later in the afternoon. Severe weather is usually accompanied by various wind phenomena, hail and abundant precipitation. A possible cause of severe weather is popcorn showers in the summer.

See also

Tornado alley of Europe

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