Both 1999 and 2000 were active years for convective systems. MCCs during 1999 showed a rather typical spatial-temporal distribution through most of the warm season, with the most common initiation position progressing from south to north during the season. The effect of the North American monsoon system, which was unusually strong in 1999, is clearly apparent as a decrease and northward shift in both MCC and PECS distributions after monsoon onset. This response to the monsoon likely contributed to the late-summer drought over much of the central U.S. during 1999. During the warm season of 2000, systems were predominantly located north of 35 North latitude, consistent with a general northward shift of the jet stream. The effect of North American monsoon onset on seasonal evolution of MCC and PECS distributions was not as strongly apparent for 2000 as for 1999.
Analysis of the results is continuing and additional findings will be shown at the conference.