K index

From Glossary of Meteorology



K index

(Also called George's index.) A stability index that is a measure of thunderstorm potential based on temperature lapse rate, moisture content of the lower troposphere, and the vertical extent of the moist layer.

The K index is determined by the following equation:
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where T is the temperature and T'd is the dewpoint in degrees Celsius at the pressure levels indicated. The higher (positive) the K index, the greater the likelihood of thunderstorm development.


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