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  • Location: Norton, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and cold in winter, warm and sunny in summer
  • Location: Norton, Stockton-on-Tees
    How far in front of a thunderstorm can a gust front extend? And are there any key 'signatures' by which it can be unmistakenly identified?

    Don't know about the first question but I was lucky enough to photograph one last May:

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    At least, that's what I was told it was :D !

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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

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    Gust Front from 5th May 2006 in Central Texas.

    Put simply a Gust Front is a "Boundary" which seperates the Cold Downdraught of a Thunderstorm from the Warm moist Juicy air at the Surface.

    Regards

    Paul Sherman

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  • Location: Coventry,Warwickshire
  • Location: Coventry,Warwickshire

    Gust fronts don't really extend in front of a Thunderstorm they mark the boundary of the downdraft and updraft regions and can be a few minutes ahead of the rain.First you get an updraft area of rising warm air ,then you get the gust front and roll cloud and finally the rain.Where a thunderstorm has become outflow dominant (no updraft) then I guess a gust front could extend a couple of miles out from the thunderstorm.

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