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Peter Vogel, Peter Knippertz, Andreas H. Fink, Andreas Schlueter, and Tilmann Gneiting

flatlands, where MCSs during boreal summer provide the bulk of the annual rainfall ( Mathon et al. 2002 ; Fink et al. 2006 ; Houze et al. 2015 ) and convergence lines in the boundary layer or soil moisture gradients at the kilometer scale can act as triggers for MCSs ( Lafore et al. 2017 ). Sahelian MCSs often take the form of meridionally elongated squall lines with sharp leading edges characterized by heavy rainfall. Synoptic-scale African easterly waves are known to be linked to squall

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