Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Michael Trapasso, Ronald Dilamarter, Nicholas Crawford
Department of Geography and Geology
Master of Science
A simplified surface analysis was developed to detect thunderstorm outflow boundaries that emanate from Mesoscale Convective Complexes (MCCs). The analysis consisted of the interpretation of visible and enhanced infrared satellite imagery, radar observations, and a limited number (10-12) of surface observations. Thirty MCCs were interpreted by the simplified analysis; nine produced identifiable outflow boundaries.
Pre-boundary Cloud Cover (PCC) and radar echo intensities were analyzed to determine if a correlation existed between mean sky cover and thunderstorm intensity. Research established that no correlation exists between PCC and radar echo intensity.
Recommendations were made for future research into outflow boundary identification by the simplified analysis. Specifically, it was recommended that continued work should be conducted on the effect that pre-convective cloud cover has on the intensity of thunderstorms that subsequently develop.
Geography | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Powell, Gregory, "A Simplified Surface Analysis for the Detection of Outflow Boundaries from Mesoscale Convective Complexes" (1983). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2725.