amateur: A person who does something for fun or as a hobby.
core punching: Driving a car or truck into the center of a thunderstorm.
doctorate: An advanced degree given by a university to someone who, after graduating from college, spends several years or more studying a certain subject.
Doppler radar: A special type of radar that can indicate wind direction and speed.
enhanced: Made better or stronger.
funnel cloud: A spinning column of air that does not touch the ground.
gust: A short, strong burst of wind.
hydroplaning: What happens when a car or truck slides out of control because there is so much water on a road that the tires cannot grip the road.
immigrant: A person who moves to a new country to live there.
intern: A person who takes a job for little or no pay in order to learn about a career.
meteorologist: A scientist who studies weather.
spotter: A person who watches for severe weather and reports what he or she sees to meteorologists.
supercell: A thunderstorm in which warm air rises upward and rotates.
tornado warning: A statement issued by the National Weather Service that says a tornado has been seen by people or on radar, or is likely to form very soon, and telling where it will likely hit.
tornado watch: A statement issued by the National Weather Service that says a tornado might occur within the next few hours.
unstable: Likely to change quickly.
wall cloud: A cloud that drops down from a band of clouds toward the ground. A wall cloud is a good sign that a tornado might be forming.