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ATS 641: Mesoscale Meteorology


Note: this is far from a complete list of relevant articles on these various subjects! This list mainly includes articles that were referred to extensively in class, or represent particularly useful opportunities for further reading.


Bosart, Lance F., 2003: Whither the Weather Analysis and Forecasting Process? Wea. Forecasting, 18, 520-529.

Maddox, Robert A., 1980: An Objective Technique for Separating Macroscale and Mesoscale Features in Meteorological Data. Mon. Wea. Rev., 108, 1108-1121.

Koch, Steven E., Mary desJardins, Paul J. Kocin, 1983: An Interactive Barnes Objective Map Analysis Scheme for Use with Satellite and Conventional Data. J. Climate Appl. Meteor., 22, 1487-1503.

Potential vorticity

Hoskins, B.J., M.E. McIntyre, and A.W. Robertson, 1985: On the use and significance of isentropic potential vorticity maps. Quart. J. Royal Meteor. Soc., 111, 877-946.

Thorpe, A.J., 1986: Synoptic Scale Disturbances with Circular Symmetry. Mon. Wea. Rev., 114, 1384–1389.

Dynamic tropopause:

Morgan, Michael C., John W. Nielsen-Gammon, 1998: Using Tropopause Maps to Diagnose Midlatitude Weather Systems. Mon. Wea. Rev., 126, 2555–2579.

Nielsen-Gammon, John W., 2001: A Visualization of the Global Dynamic Tropopause. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 82, 1151–1167.


Sanders, F., 1955: An investigation of the structure and dynamics of an intense surface frontal zone. J. Meteor., 12, 542-552

Schultz, D.M., and G. Vaughan, 2011: Occluded Fronts and the Occlusion Process: A Fresh Look at Conventional Wisdom. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 92, 443-466.

Convective storms:

Klemp, J.B., and R.B. Wilhelmson, 1978: The Simulation of Three-Dimensional Convective Storm Dynamics. J. Atmos. Sci., 35, 1070-1096.

Rotunno, R., and Klemp, J.B., 1982: The Influence of the Shear-Induced Pressure Gradient on Thunderstorm Motion. Mon. Wea. Rev., 110, 136-151


Thompson, R.L., B.T. Smith, J.S. Grams, A.R. Dean, and C. Broyles, 2012: Convective Modes for Significant Severe Thunderstorms in the Contiguous United States. Part II: Supercell and QLCS Tornado Environments. Wea. Forecasting, 27, 1136-1154.

Markowski, P.M., and Y.P. Richardson, 2014: The Influence of Environmental Low-Level Shear and Cold Pools on Tornadogenesis: Insights from Idealized Simulations. J. Atmos. Sci., 71, 243-275.


Schultz, D.M., 2010: How to Research and Write Effective Case Studies in Meteorology. Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology, 5

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