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Yansen Wang, Cheryl L. Klipp, Dennis M. Garvey, David A. Ligon, Chatt C. Williamson, Sam S. Chang, Rob K. Newsom, and Ronald Calhoun

1. Introduction One of the characteristics of lower-troposphere winds over the Great Plains of the central United States is the low-level jet (LLJ). The LLJ is a thin stream of fast-moving air, usually more than 10 m s −1 , elevated about 200–500 m above the ground ( Hoecker 1963 ; Bonner 1968 ). The LLJ can appear in the daytime as a result of baroclinic forcing over sloping terrain ( Holton 1967 ) or because of the dynamical pressure differences caused by localized convection ( Bowen 1996

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