Severe Thunderstorm Internal Structure from Dual-Doppler Radar Measurements

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  • 1 Department of Geography-Meteorology, The University of Kansas, Lawence 66045
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Abstract

Dual-Doppler radar data were analyzed for three different times during the life cycle of a severe thunderstorm. The thunderstorm developed a double vortex inside as a tornado was generated beneath the cloud.The organized kinematic and precipitation internal structure of the thunderstorm support a theoreticaldouble-vortex thunderstorm model that was developed earlier. The horizontal perturbation and relativewinds, vertical winds, horizontal divergence and vorticity are compared for the three different times ofmeasurement. The measurements and theoretical model provide new explanations of the severe thunderstorm and the relationship of associated tornadoes.

Abstract

Dual-Doppler radar data were analyzed for three different times during the life cycle of a severe thunderstorm. The thunderstorm developed a double vortex inside as a tornado was generated beneath the cloud.The organized kinematic and precipitation internal structure of the thunderstorm support a theoreticaldouble-vortex thunderstorm model that was developed earlier. The horizontal perturbation and relativewinds, vertical winds, horizontal divergence and vorticity are compared for the three different times ofmeasurement. The measurements and theoretical model provide new explanations of the severe thunderstorm and the relationship of associated tornadoes.

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