The thermodynamic properties of the simulations are sensitive to variations in LCL, with higher LCLs contributing to broader, more negatively buoyant cold pools. These outflow characteristics affect the positioning of near-surface rotation relative to the mid-level mesocyclone. Specifically, more negatively buoyant outflow allows for more forward propagation of near-surface circulation. When near-surface circulation becomes vertically aligned with the mesocyclone aloft, favorable dynamic updraft forcing provided by the mesocyclone stretches and intensifies preexisting near-surface rotation. Though the amount of near-surface vertical vorticity generated ultimately depends on a number of interrelated factors, including the amount of near-surface circulation generated within the cold pool available for subsequent intensification and the buoyancy of the outflow air. These simulations suggest that such an alignment is a necessary condition for the strengthening of near-surface vertical vorticity and that this positioning of circulation may be modulated by the ambient LCL. This alignment is also sensitive to the low-level wind profile, such that different LCLs result in the most favorable positioning, depending on the low-level gust-front opposing winds and/or shear.