Thunderstorm Gusts Compared with Computed Downdraft Speeds

  title={Thunderstorm Gusts Compared with Computed Downdraft Speeds},
The buoyancy equation is integrated to find the downward speed of a parcel of air that becomes cooler than its environment and sinks to the ground, such as a downdraft i? a thunderstorm. This downdraft speed is related to a positive energy area on a thermodynamic diagram. From a sample of one hundred soundings taken just prior to thunderstorm occurrences a correlation coefficient of 0.50 is obtained for the computed downdraft and measured wind gusts. Taking the upper wind speed into account… CONTINUE READING

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