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 – Discussion started: 23 Mar 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 Sep 2009 – Accepted: 17 Sep 2009 – Published: 12 Oct 2009
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.