Gust Front Evolution and Tornado Genesis as Viewed by Doppler Radar

Edward A. Brandes National Severe Storms Laboratory, NOAA, Norman, Okla. 73069

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Abstract

Doppler radar observations are utilized to describe the evolution of the severe thunderstorm updraft mesocyclone and its associated gust front. Tornadoes form within the elliptical mesocyclonic circulation, apparently along the major axis, and may denote a critical development stage.

Abstract

Doppler radar observations are utilized to describe the evolution of the severe thunderstorm updraft mesocyclone and its associated gust front. Tornadoes form within the elliptical mesocyclonic circulation, apparently along the major axis, and may denote a critical development stage.

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