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Jeremiah O. Piersante, Russ. S. Schumacher, and Kristen L. Rasmussen

1. Introduction North and South America are home to two of the world’s largest mountain ranges: the Rocky and Andes Mountains. The elevation of these barriers, north–south orientation, and their position on the western side of the continents substantially influence the weather downstream because they modify midlatitude westerly and other associated flows. Interestingly, the regions east of the mountainous terrain in both continents are global hot spots for deep and organized convection, owing

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