S58 Idealized Simulations of Supercells in Environments with Varying LCLs

Sunday, 22 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Trenton Wade Spencer, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; and C. J. Nowotarski

Motivated by studies that have suggested that the height of the Lifted Condensation Level (LCL) can affect tornadogenesis and cold pool intensities in supercell thunderstorms, this study uses idealized simulations to investigate the influence of LCL heights on supercells.  Three separate horizontally homogeneous environments were created with similar thermodynamic and wind profiles with differing LCL heights. Simulation results are analyzed and discussed, particularly as they relate to low-level rotation.
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