Research Summaries

Back Theoretical and Observational Study of Midlatitude Mesoscale Convective Vortices (MCVs) in Vertical Shear

Fiscal Year 2009
Division Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Science
Department Meteorology
Investigator(s) Montgomery, Michael T.
Sponsor National Science Foundation (NSF)
Summary Because of their longevity and ability to organize convection on the mesoscale (~ 100 km), mesoscale convective vortices (MCVs) have been the focus of studies seeking to improve the prediction of widespread, heavy precipitation events during the warm season. Although progress has been made in the past decade toward identifying conditions favorable for MCV generation, and in linking the strengthening of MCVs to convective regeneration in their vicinity, dynamical processes governing the MCV lifecycle are still not well understood. To better predict potential flooding events in association with MCVs requires a basic understanding of how MCVs form, and what permits them to maintain their coherence in adverse environmental flows. Both questions will be addressed here in support of the Bow Echo and MCV Experiment (BAMEX).
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