Prevalence and Characteristics of Atmospheric Waves in Severe Weather Environments
Barker (2006) speculated the WSR-88D upgrade to build 10/super-resolution has aided in the identification of weak Z features that may be waves. While these features appear to be common, there has yet to be a full investigation into the prevalence of atmospheric waves in severe storm environments, which is the primary purpose of this research. This presentation will show preliminary results and statistics on the frequency of atmospheric waves in the severe storm environment. This includes an investigation of suspected wave type and the environmental characteristics where the waves form. A secondary objective includes an exploration of the radar characteristics of the waves, such as horizontal and vertical extent and Z profiles. It is important to note the radar differences between suspected waves and ordinary convective cells, especially considering the operational importance of identifying waves in the severe storm environment.