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Researchers investigate a thunderstorm-producing phenomenon

March 17, 2014

This month a team of University of Missouri atmospheric science researchers will deploy to eastern Kansas and western Missouri to study a poorly-understood phenomenon called elevated convection that can trigger rainfall-intense thunderstorms.  Their data will create a model of how this condition generates large storms, which often lead to flash flooding, the top weather-related killer.

Story By:  CAFNRnews

Patrick Market and Neil Fox, both professors of atmospheric science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, are leading the team of faculty and student researchers. They will position research vehicles where elevated convection events are anticipated and launch weather balloons. The balloons will travel through the event, radioing back temperature, instability and moisture data at various altitudes throughout the development, life and death of an elevated convection event.  More…