A layer of relatively warm air aloft, usually several thousand feet above the ground, which suppresses or delays the development of thunderstorms. Air parcels rising into this layer become cooler than the surrounding air, which inhibits their ability to rise further and produce thunderstorms. Sometimes called the lid.
About the Author: Eugene Thieszen
Gene has been fascinated by severe storms and tornadoes since the May 1964 Nebraska F-5 which passed near his family’s farmstead. Although he chased sporadically for quite a while, Gene began to avidly pursue chasing in 1999 and has a definite preference for dry line supercells. His skills as a photographer and videographer have enabled him to capture some dramatic shots that embody both the beauty and destructive power of weather.