List of severe weather phenomena
Severe weather phenomena are weather conditions that are hazardous to human life and property.
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Severe weather can occur under a variety of situations, but three characteristics are generally needed: a temperature or moisture boundary, moisture, and (in the event of severe, precipitation-based events) instability in the atmosphere.
- Cyclone (generic)
- Heat wave
- Cold wave
- Severe thunderstorm (hailstorm, downburst: microburst/macroburst)
- Tornado (also colloquially referred to as a "whirlwind" or "twister")
- Tropical cyclone (also called a hurricane, typhoon, or "cyclone")
- Windstorm (gradient pressure induced)
- Winter storms