Principles of Convection III: Shear and Convective Storms

Principles of Convection III: Shear and Convective Storms

Terminal Objectives

By the end of this module you will be able to describe the influence that vertical wind shear has on convective storm behavior

Enabling Objectives

  • By the end of this module you will be able to do the following:
  • Describe how and where interaction between a thunderstorm outflow (the cold pool) and the environmental wind shear lead to enhanced uplift and formation of new convective cells
  • Describe the vertical wind shear conditions that maximize the uplift along the downshear edge of the cold pool
  • Describe the origin of updraft tilt in a convective cell
  • Describe the different vertical shear characteristics for supercell storms and mesoscale convective systems (MCSs)