Symposium on the Challenges of Severe Convective Storms


Structure and maintenance of mesoscale convective systems: A historical overview

Robert G. Fovell, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) represent a form of organized convection including, but not limited to, squall lines, mesoscale convective complexes and bow echoes. MCSs account for a large fraction of warm season precipitation in the Great Plains, and a fair portion of its severe weather. In this talk, I will review our past and present understanding of MCSs, particularly squall lines, with an emphasis on their structure, maintenance and propagation mechanisms. .

Session 3, The Dynamics, Prediction, and Detection of Severe Convective Windstorms, Nonsupercell tornadoes, and Hailstorms
Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, A410

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