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Severe Weather

by: Mr. Eladio Hettinger

Severe Weather MET 4300

Mr. Eladio Hettinger
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This 15 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mr. Eladio Hettinger on Monday October 12, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to MET 4300 at Florida International University taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 17 views. For similar materials see /class/221790/met-4300-florida-international-university in Meteorology at Florida International University.

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Date Created: 10/12/15
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vertical Thermal Wind upward pre sure Balance gradient force A air purcrl in g mm lmlunu w x E i canstan rassu lroplcal polar laliludes laMudes 1302008 Jet Streams a d Horizontal Temperature Gradients Summary Newton s laws of motion Forces Pressure Gradient Coriolis Friction quotCentrifugalquot Geostrophic balance between PGF amp Co Friction causes crossisobarflow to low pressure Hydrostatic balance Vertical pressure gradient alances gravity Thermal wind Horizontal temperature gradients lead to increasing height gradients aloft and shear of 39 win Strong temperature gradients along surface amp upper fronts cause jest strea ms FOR NEXT TIME Read Chapter 7 Air Mass Thunderstorms All convection requires 7 Conditional instability 7 Lift or heating 7 Moisture Airmass TR have 7 One updrartlt1o m s1 7 A few km across 7 Extendsthrough the depth ofthe troposphere 7 Low shear 7 Moderate instability CAPE lt 1000 well de ned life cycle 7 Isolated single cel s 7 Move nearly with the surrounding 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quot9quot Mn 412008 Lightning Flash Lightning Flash 100 Flashess worldwide Initiates when the eld exceeds 13 x 105 Vm Peak current is 15000 to 30000 Am eres Conducting channel is 23 cm in diameter And is typically 5 km long Peaktemperature is 15000 K Total charge transferred is 3 30 Coulombs A flash may be composed of 130 strokes 35 is typical Another View 2 msec Remember a Flash may 60 use comprise many Strokes l msec 1r miic khan user l l 412008 US Lightning Flashes l E 5 quoto 51 l 393 lt Ilia DISTANCE km quotJ 3 J 6 9 unmet per minnow net eai US Lightning Fatalities US Lightning Fatality Rate Fatalities Fatality Rate Source Smrm Dale Alaska u lac Hawall 0 Puerto Rica 7 5 Source smmi Data Y o e iui eveiy ueaui Second most fatal after oods Lightning Safety Summary Sizzlingsound orhairstanding Earth S fair weather eld up indicates a strong field 7 positive ionosphere negative surrate 5 5 gap bethen ash and e Maintained ov thunderstorms againstdischarge ovrair weather current thunder implies a 1 m range Thunderstorm electrification 3060 rule conservative 7 positive charge on cloud droplets 8 ice crvslals 7 Negative charge on telling hvdromel 305 lag 9 e mi range 7 lrldttctlve tharge transrer i charge on bottom or large hvdromelors tarried aw v u W3 30 m39quot e interrate tharge transrer Potentlal dlh ererlce between water 8 ice or diherent kinds orite Lightning ash 7 initial stepped leader rrorn cloud to ground a e r a building with plumbing and wiring Return stroke39 the sub querlt dart leaders and returrl strokes Not undertrees Fl sh mavbe onto marlv Sr k 39 Assume a 390 Enrich With onlv POSIlIVe strokes from anvtl amp bolts om the blue feet in contact wtth the ground most lightning occurs on Gueroast lit in Flor da tightning kills 75 people in the us approximately a people are injured tor each death Second weather killer arter rloods Avoid holding elongated metal ooleots like rifles or golf clubs 412008 FOR NEXT TIME Read Chapter 21 Downbursts


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