NWC REU 2000
May 22 - July 28



Three Case Studies of Conditions Associated With Tornadoes Occurring Near Mid-Level Vorticity Maxima

Stephanie Stroman and Bob Johns



Tornado episodes associated with two types of mid-level vorticity maxima-synoptic scale and mesoscale--were examined to try to find correlations between the two. Two mesoscale vorticity center (MVC) cases were chosen as the focus for the study, and one synoptic scale case was chosen for comparison. It was found that the synoptic scale case and the MVC cases were distinctly different. However, key similarities between the two MVC cases are noted, including the idea that convective feedback may play an important role in tornado development. Ideas for further research on the topic of MVC related tornado episodes are discussed.

Paper available upon request.