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Sergey Frolov, William Campbell, Benjamin Ruston, Craig H. Bishop, David Kuhl, Maria Flatau, and Justin McLay

error covariance. Our diurnal SST model ( McLay et al. 2012 ) was based on Takaya et al. (2010) , which represents the following surface layer processes: shortwave and longwave radiative flux, evaporation, molecular thermal conduction, and wind-driven turbulent diffusion determined through Monin–Obhukov similarity theory. Unlike the original model of Takaya et al. (2010) , our implementation did not represent impact of Langmuir circulation directly. Instead the friction velocity was multiplied by

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Donald R. MacGorman and Kurt E. Nielsen

mesocyclone circulation and structure could account for much of the variation in total flash rates. Further more, they noted that the very strong updrafts in the Binger storm may have been responsible for the suppression of ground flashes near the mesocyclone when it was strongest. Although the variations in lightning flash rates of- the Binger storm were consistent with many of thesferics studies, some of the sferics studies also foundexceptions. Furthermore, the Binger storm was an unusually strong

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Maribeth Stolzenburg, Thomas C. Marshall, W. David Rust, and Bradley F. Smull

= 16km. The plan-view location of the cross section in Fig. l0 is alsomarked for reference.Fig. 9; they depict a familiar pattern of lower-tropospheric mesoscale descent overlain by a mesoscale updraft within the stratiform cloud. The magnitude ofthese mesoscale circulations is relatively weak, however, with peak descent of -23 cm s-~ at 2.5 km andweak ascent of less than 10 cm s-l above 5 km. (Analogous profiles over similarly large domains withinother COPS-91 MCS stratiform regions have

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Stephen J. Keighton, Howard B. Bluestein, and Donald R. MacGorman

features such as a tornadic vortex signature (TVS)(Brown et al. 1978) cannot be resolved. Only stormscale circulations, like the mesocyclone, can be detected. The unambiguous range of the Norman radaris variable depending upon the pulse-repetition frequency used; in this study the range is 115 or 161 km,and the corresponding unambiguous velocity is +34or +23 m s-l. (The latter unambiguous range and velocity were valid only during the later radar scans whenstorms were farther away.) Storm motion

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