LCL, LFC, and EL are three often overlooked values for new storm chasers, but they’re vitally important to how a storm chase day is going to go. The easiest way to approach these is via Skew-Ts.
Skew-Ts can be a confusing thing to read, but the methods for finding what you are looking for are straightforward.
In this video we are talking about three things:
LCLs (Lifted condensation layer): The place where you’ll see cloud bases begin to form as the air parcel saturates and rises wet adiabatically is the LCL.
LFC (Layer of Free Convection): When the air parcel is warmer than the surrounding atmosphere and is free to rise uninhibited upwards.
EL (Equilibrium layer): Where the air parcel meets air at the same temperature high in the atmosphere, usually where storm anvils form.
Let’s take a look at how to find the LCL, LFC, and EL on a Skew-T…