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== mesoscale convective vortex ==
 
== mesoscale convective vortex ==
  
<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(Abbreviated MCV.)</div><br/>
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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(Abbreviated MCV)</div><br/>
  
 
<div class="paragraph">A midlevel, [[warm low|warm-core low pressure center]] that develops within the [[stratiform]] region of a [[mesoscale convective system]] (MCS) as a result of [[latent heat]] release over a multihour time period. The [[cyclonic]] [[vortex]] has a diameter ranging from 50 to 200 km (31 to 124 mi) and a depth from 2.5 to 5 km (1.5 to 3.1 mi). An MCV can persist for 12 hours or more after its parent MCS has dissipated. A residual MCV may help initiate a subsequent episode of [[convection]]. An MCV that moves into tropical waters can serve as a nucleus for a [[tropical cyclone]].</div><br/>
 
<div class="paragraph">A midlevel, [[warm low|warm-core low pressure center]] that develops within the [[stratiform]] region of a [[mesoscale convective system]] (MCS) as a result of [[latent heat]] release over a multihour time period. The [[cyclonic]] [[vortex]] has a diameter ranging from 50 to 200 km (31 to 124 mi) and a depth from 2.5 to 5 km (1.5 to 3.1 mi). An MCV can persist for 12 hours or more after its parent MCS has dissipated. A residual MCV may help initiate a subsequent episode of [[convection]]. An MCV that moves into tropical waters can serve as a nucleus for a [[tropical cyclone]].</div><br/>
  
<p>Bartels, D. L., and R. A. Maddox, 1991: Midlevel cyclonic vortices generated by mesoscale convective systems. ''Mon. Wea. Rev.'', '''119''', 104&ndash;118, doi:10.1175/1520-0493(1991)119<0104:MCVGBM>2.0.CO;2.<br/>
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<p>Bartels, D. L., and R. A. Maddox, 1991: Midlevel cyclonic vortices generated by mesoscale convective systems. ''Mon. Wea. Rev.'', '''119''', 104&ndash;118, https://doi.org/10.1175/1520-0493(1991)119%3C0104:MCVGBM%3E2.0.CO;2.<br/>
 
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Davis, C. A., and M. L. Weisman, 1994: Balanced dynamics of mesoscale vortices produced in simulated convective systems. ''J. Atmos. Sci.'', '''51''', 2005&ndash;2030, doi:10.1175/1520-0469(1994)051<2005:BDOMVP>2.0.CO;2.<br/>
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Davis, C. A., and M. L. Weisman, 1994: Balanced dynamics of mesoscale vortices produced in simulated convective systems. ''J. Atmos. Sci.'', '''51''', 2005&ndash;2030, https://doi.org/10.1175/1520-0469(1994)051%3C2005:BDOMVP%3E2.0.CO;2.<br/>
 
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&mdash;, and Coauthors, 2004: The Bow Echo and MCV Experiment: Observations and opportunities. ''Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.'', '''85''', 1075&ndash;1093, doi:10.1175/BAMS-85-8-1075.</p><br/>
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&mdash;, and Coauthors, 2004: The Bow Echo and MCV Experiment: Observations and opportunities. ''Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.'', '''85''', 1075&ndash;1093, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-85-8-1075.</p><br/>
  
<p>''Term updated 18 March 2019.''</p>
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<p>''Term updated 1 November 2021.''</p>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 05:29, 1 November 2021

mesoscale convective vortex

(Abbreviated MCV)

A midlevel, warm-core low pressure center that develops within the stratiform region of a mesoscale convective system (MCS) as a result of latent heat release over a multihour time period. The cyclonic vortex has a diameter ranging from 50 to 200 km (31 to 124 mi) and a depth from 2.5 to 5 km (1.5 to 3.1 mi). An MCV can persist for 12 hours or more after its parent MCS has dissipated. A residual MCV may help initiate a subsequent episode of convection. An MCV that moves into tropical waters can serve as a nucleus for a tropical cyclone.

Bartels, D. L., and R. A. Maddox, 1991: Midlevel cyclonic vortices generated by mesoscale convective systems. Mon. Wea. Rev., 119, 104–118, https://doi.org/10.1175/1520-0493(1991)119%3C0104:MCVGBM%3E2.0.CO;2.

Davis, C. A., and M. L. Weisman, 1994: Balanced dynamics of mesoscale vortices produced in simulated convective systems. J. Atmos. Sci., 51, 2005–2030, https://doi.org/10.1175/1520-0469(1994)051%3C2005:BDOMVP%3E2.0.CO;2.

—, and Coauthors, 2004: The Bow Echo and MCV Experiment: Observations and opportunities. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 85, 1075–1093, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-85-8-1075.


Term updated 1 November 2021.


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