Clarification on the generation of absolute and potential vorticity in mesoscale convective vortices 1Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
2WindLogics Inc., Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
3Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA
Received: 18 Feb 2009 – Published in Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.: 23 Mar 2009Abstract. In this paper, we clarify several outstanding issues concerning the
predominant mechanism of vorticity generation in mesoscale convective
vortices (MCVs) in weak to modest baroclinic environments with nonzero
Coriolis parameter. We examine also the corresponding diabatic heating
profiles of the convective and stratiform components of the MCS and their
effects on the concentration and dilution of PV substance.
Revised: 16 Sep 2009 – Accepted: 17 Sep 2009 – Published: 12 Oct 2009
Citation: Conzemius, R. J. and Montgomery, M. T.: Clarification on the generation of absolute and potential vorticity in mesoscale convective vortices, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 7591-7605, doi:10.5194/acp-9-7591-2009, 2009.