Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed
wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.
Aero-Terms should serve as a quick but intriguing reminder of
the terms you may use every day, or an introduction to an aspects
of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also
encourages readers to go beyond the FMI link, and further research
any intriguing terms.
Generally, a thunderstorm not associated with a front or other
type of synoptic-scale forcing mechanism. Air mass thunderstorms
typically are associated with warm, humid air in the summer months;
they develop during the afternoon in response to insolation, and
dissipate rather quickly after sunset. They generally are less
likely to be severe than other types of thunderstorms, but they
still are capable of producing downbursts, brief heavy rain, and
(in extreme cases) hail over 3/4" in diameter.