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 February 2009 – Published in Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.: 23 March 2009 Abstract. 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 September 2009 – Accepted: 17 September 2009 – Published: 12 October 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.