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Cumulonimbus (Cb) and Mesoscale Convective System (Mesoscale Convective System)

length
60 Minutes

authors
Veronika Zwatz-Meise
Barbara Zeiner
Vesa Nietosvaara
Aulikki Lehkonen

Cumulonimbus (Cb) and Mesoscale Convective System (Mesoscale Convective System)

Published: 01 January 2005

This chapter contains information about Cb and Mesoscale Convective System at small and mesoscale size. Additionally there exist another chapter (CONVECTIVE CLOUD FEATURES IN TYPICAL SYNOPTIC ENVIRONMENTS) which addresses larger scale features. Cbs and Mesoscale Convective Systems form in strong convective processes. The life time and intensity of a Cb and Mesoscale Convective System depend upon the vertical wind shear. Most important is the shear in the lowest layer reaching from the surface up to 2-3 km. Cells developing within strong vertical shear have long lifetime and produce severe weather.

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Conceptual Models, Synoptic Scale Meteorology, Convection