Synoptic patterns associated with hail occurrence in northeastern Colorado
Hail on the high plains of Northeastern Colorado is associated with four major types of synoptic patterns. The first and most prevalent is the cP outbreak. The second most common is a frontal effect associated with a lee-side low. The third pattern is that of a strong mT flow into a surface low caused by intense surface heating in eastern Colorado and western Nebraska. The fourth pattern is associated with a frontal effect without a lee-side low. Each of these types exhibit certain characteristics which can be used to help identify the types. These characteristics can generally be defined by the ...
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