Dynamical forcing and mesoscale organization of precipitation bands in a midwest winter cyclonic storm

M. T. Shields, R. M. Rauber, M. K. Ramamurthy

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Abstract

A winter snowstorm developed on 10-11 February 1988 over the midwestern United States and produced several inches of snowfall locally over east-central Illinois. Analysis of the mesoscale organization of the storm revealed the presence of complex banded structure throughout its 17-h evolution. Three distinct types of mesoscale precipitation bands were identified during the course of the storm using a 10-cm Doppler radar as part of the University of Illinois Winter Precipitation Program. The bands had different orientations, directions of movement, relationships to synoptic-scale frontal zones, and mechanisms for development. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)936-964
Number of pages29
JournalMonthly Weather Review
Volume119
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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