What is a dryline and how does it work?

What is a dryline and how does it work?

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - If you’ve been keeping up with the weather over the last couple of days you will have heard us talk about the dryline that is coming in tonight.

What exactly is a dryline?

A dryline is where warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico collides with warm dry air from the southwest.

What then happens is the less dense moist air will be lifted over the dry air and can produce thunderstorms if all the ingredients are present.

The 3 main ingredients are moisture, lift and instability.

Tonight for example we have 2 of the 3, we have moisture and lift from the air being lifted. However, the atmosphere is fairly stable.

A stable atmosphere means an extremely low chance of thunderstorms and tornadoes happening. An unstable atmosphere can lead to the development of strong thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Currently, the air over Wichita County is more stable than the surrounding areas, including parts of the Texas Panhandle and southern Oklahoma where strong to severe storms are occurring.

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