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Mesoscale Convective Vortices


Scott Lindstrom

Scott Bachmeier








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  1. Remind you of the satellite presentation of Mesoscale Convective Vortices (MCVs)
  2. Give hints on how to anticipate MCV genesis/decay
  3. Discuss model performance of MCVs


  1. MCV Information, Life Cycle and climatology
  2. What do MCVs look like in IR and visible imagery?
  3. 3 case studies: July 6, July 21, Aug 18-19 (all 2003)

Training Session Options

NOAA/NWS students – to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learn Center

  1. Live VISIT teletraining session led by an instructor (15 minutes). Check the VISIT Training Calendar to see the current schedule and sign up. Upon registering for a teletraining session, you will receive an email with a link (GoToMeeting or WebEx) to connect to the session.
  2. YouTube video:


References/Additional Links

  • Older training version (from 2012) and talking points document
  • Trier, S. B., C. A. Davis and J. D. Tuttle, 2000: Long-lived mesosconvective vortices and their environment. Part I: Observations from the central United States during the 1998 warm season. Mon. Wea. Rev., 3376-3395.
  • Davis, C. A., D. A. Ahijevych and S. B. Trier, 2002: Detection and prediction of warm season midtropospheric vortices by the Rapid Update Cycle. Mon. Wea. Rev., 24-42
  • See also papers by J. M. Fristch and by Jason Knievel.


This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites


Scott Lindstrom

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