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David A. Barber and Larry J. Mahrt


Rawinsonde observations taken during the National Hail Research Experiment are analyzed by multiple-linear regression techniques to study the influence of environmental factors on hailstorm severity. The latter is inferred from integrated radar returns. The roles of mixed-layer flow and thermodynamic properties as well as upper tropospheric kinematic properties are emphasized. The low-level properties are found to be more important discriminators of storm severity over the High Plains.

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David A. Barber, Jerry M. Davis, and Allen J. Riordan


A substantial decline in North American cyclone and anticyclone activity has been documented by several recent studies based on counts of disturbance tracks. An independent method of assessing long-term trends in synoptic-scale activity based on sequential spectral analysis of station pressure is suggested. The efficacy of this approach is supported by previous studies relating the spatial distribution of variance of band-pass filtered pressures to preferred cyclone tracks. However, examples of a preliminary application of the spectral method to three widely separated stations using approximately 30 years of winter data fail to reveal any significant long-term trends in the variance of pressure for synoptic-scale time periods.

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