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Matthew S. Wandishin, David J. Stensrud, Steven L. Mullen, and Louis J. Wicker

-scale turbulent eddies. They also find, however, that resolving the bulk properties of a convective cloud may be possible with 1-km grid spacing. Similarly, Weisman et al. (1997) found that 4 km may be sufficient to represent the system-scale properties of midlatitude squall-line-type convection. To achieve a balance between ensemble size and the fidelity of the simulated storms, the model grid spacing used herein is Δ x = 1 km and Δ z = 500 m (the vertical grid spacing is 250 m in the lowest 1250 m and

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Kristen L. Rasmussen and Robert A. Houze Jr.

indicative of the orogenic 1 nature of storms in these locations. Supercell thunderstorm formation and mesoscale storm structure over the Great Plains of the United States have been extensively studied. For example, Carlson et al. (1983) documented the conditions associated with supercell development, and Houze et al. (1990) showed the tendency for storms over the Great Plains to develop into mesoscale convective systems with leading lines of intense convection and trailing-stratiform precipitation

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Kelly M. Mahoney, Gary M. Lackmann, and Matthew D. Parker

numerically simulated nocturnal squall lines. Mon. Wea. Rev. , 134 , 3735 – 3752 . Fritsch , J. M. , and G. S. Forbes , 2001 : Mesoscale convective systems. Severe Convective Storms, Meteor. Monogr., No. 50, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 323–357 . Gallus , W. A. , and R. H. Johnson , 1992 : The momentum budget of an intense midlatitude squall line. J. Atmos. Sci. , 49 , 422 – 450 . Gallus , W. A. , and M. Pfeifer , 2008 : Intercomparison of simulations using 5 WRF microphysical schemes

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Nicholas A. Engerer, David J. Stensrud, and Michael C. Coniglio

temperature, and equivalent potential temperature associated with the cold pool, and the maximum wind speeds in the cold pool). A total of 47 stations are associated with the first storms life cycle stage, 156 with the MCS initiation stage, 948 with the mature MCS stage, and 238 with the MCS dissipation stage. Since idealized simulations of convective systems often use environmental thermodynamic profiles typical of the late afternoon and early evening, the 200 station time series that had outflow

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David G. Lerach, Steven A. Rutledge, Christopher R. Williams, and Robert Cifelli

northwest of the S-Pol radar, allowing for coordinated profiler/S-Pol radar observations. The locations of both the S-Pol radar and NOAA field site are shown in Fig. 1 . Since both instrument sites were situated on the coastal plain, unobstructed views over the profiler by the S-Pol radar could be obtained. One particular focus of NAME was documenting the detailed physical structure and kinematics of mesoscale convective systems (MCSs; Higgins et al. 2006 ). Lang et al. (2007) , in performing a

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Catherine Wilcox, Claire Aly, Théo Vischel, Gérémy Panthou, Juliette Blanchet, Guillaume Quantin, and Thierry Lebel

explicitly model when events occurred. An event simulation meant that a storm passed over the study/simulation window, but without a specific time or date assigned to the event. As rainfall event occurrence is a major characteristic of a given rainfall regime, there is a need to simulate it in the rainfall generator. b. Event-based rain fields An event-based rain field is defined here as the cumulative rainfall left by the passing of convective rainfall systems over the study site. The stochastic

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Tammy M. Weckwerth and Ulrike Romatschke

mountain-initiated episodes (0300–0500 UTC). During the late night hours and through morning (0600–1400 UTC), the dominant precipitation type was from merged episodes as mountain- and plains-initiated systems combined, grew upscale and precipitated over the Great Plains. The largest 10% rain-producing storms produced 91% of the PECAN precipitation, which underlines the importance of investigations into the factors that lead to maintenance and upscale growth of convection. Analysis of these largest

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Zhiqiang Cui, Zhaoxia Pu, G. David Emmitt, and Steven Greco

) project ( Geerts et al. 2017 ). However, the Gulf of Mexico, which also has very active MCSs and has a significant influence on severe weather systems over the U.S. coastal region, has not yet been well studied due to a lack of observations, although the region has occasionally been sampled during the hurricane season. To understand convective storm initiation, evolution, and dissipation over the Gulf of Mexico, the NASA Convective Processes Experiment (CPEX) aircraft field campaign took place in the

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Dustin M. Conrad and Kevin R. Knupp

. D. , M. Xue , and A. Shapiro , 2012 : Tornadogenesis in a simulated mesovortex within a mesoscale convective system . J. Atmos. Sci. , 69 , 3372 – 3390 , . 10.1175/JAS-D-12-038.1 Schneider , R. , and A. Dean , 2008 : A comprehensive 5-year severe storm environment climatology for the continental United States. 24th Conf. on Severe Local Storms , Savannah, GA, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 16A.4,

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Jake P. Mulholland, Stephen W. Nesbitt, and Robert J. Trapp

-0084.1 . 10.1175/WAF-D-15-0084.1 Parker , M. D. , 2018 : External vs. self-organization of nocturnal MCSs from PECAN. 29th Conf. on Severe Local Storms , Stowe, VT, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 4.5, . Peters , J. M. , and R. S. Schumacher , 2016 : Dynamics governing a simulated mesoscale convective system with a training convective line . J. Atmos. Sci. , 73 , 2643 – 2664 , . 10.1175/JAS-D-15

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