A proposed mechanism for cumulonimbus persistence in the presence of strong vertical shear
Alberty, Ronnie L.
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Based on observations that vigorous convective elements in the atmosphere act as obstacles to the environmental flow, it is shown that hydrodynamic pressures exist near the strong updraft. After utilizing this result, a simple model of quasi-steady-state cumulonimbus is proposed. It is then found that vertical shear in unidirectional envrionmental flow leads to enhanced vertical motions on the perimeter of the updraft. These intensified vertical motions would allow the updraft to be less adversely affected by the shearing forces and may explain the persistence or growth of such storms.
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