publication . Article . 2004

Interpreting the Climatology of Derechos

Michael C. Coniglio; David J. Stensrud;
Open Access
  • Published: 04 Jun 2004
Abstract
Past studies have examined the climatology of derechos and suggest very different distributions of derechos within the United States. This uncertainty in the climatology of derechos is a concern for forecasters, since knowledge of the relevant climatological information is a key piece in the forecast process. A 16-yr dataset from 1986 to 2001 is used to examine the effects that changing the method of identifying derechos may have on the interpretation of the derecho climatology. In addition, an attempt is made to visualize the favored regions of particularly intense derecho events. The results show aspects seen in earlier climatologies, including a southern axis...
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free text keywords: Atmospheric Science, River valley, Mesoscale convective system, Geology, Thunderstorm, Spatial distribution, Seasonality, medicine.disease, medicine, Climatology, Wind gust, Derecho, Warm season
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