DISCUSSION: As a strengthening mid-level low-pressure system gradually moved across portions of northern Europe, the stage was quickly set as of earlier today for relatively strong thunderstorm activity. This set-up was largely due in part to the fact that the incoming low-pressure system helped to amplify the strength of southerly flow across this part of Europe (i.e., thereby bringing in critical warm, moist air into the region during the 24 to 36 hours leading up to this particular convective event). Due to the convective instability in place prior to the onset of the deeper convection, this allowed for very intense updrafts to form during the height of the most intense thunderstorms. As shown in the graphic above, these intense updrafts facilitated the generation of relative large hailstones in association with the blow-up of the deeper convective cluster shown in the satellite image attached above courtesy of the EUMETSAT satellite feed. In addition, note the particularly impressive lightning associated with the deeper convection which further indicated the natural ferocity associated with these deeper convective storms. In strong convective storm threats such as this one, it is important to note that safety should always be put first and foremost by being weather-ready whenever there is a threat for any type of severe weather.
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