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Timothy J. Lang, Eldo E. Ávila, Richard J. Blakeslee, Jeff Burchfield, Matthew Wingo, Phillip M. Bitzer, Lawrence D. Carey, Wiebke Deierling, Steven J. Goodman, Bruno Lisboa Medina, Gregory Melo, and Rodolfo G. Pereyra

), which is physically separate from the much larger Andes range located to its west ( Fig. 1 ). The SDC interacts with the warm and moist air from the South American low-level jet (SALLJ), mechanical subsidence in the lee of the Andes, and other meteorological features to provide orographic forcing of deep, intense convection that often back builds along the terrain ( Rasmussen and Houze 2011 , 2016 ; Rasmussen et al. 2014 ; Bruick et al. 2019 ). This creates a relatively geographically confined

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