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Christopher Small

( Chameides et al., 1994 ). Urban heat island effects are also believed to be responsible for inducing atmospheric convergence sufficient enough to influence thunderstorm formation and movements observed near large urban areas ( Bornstein and LeRoy, 1990 ; Bornstein and Lin, 2000 ). Regional climate models also indicate a strong sensitivity to land-cover variations at scales of kilometers ( Pielke et al., 2002 ; Roy and Avissar, 2000 ; Li and Avissar, 1994 ), which suggests that urban land

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