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dc.contributor.authorFuhrmann, Christopher M.
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T01:04:16Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T01:04:16Z
dc.date.issued2006-05
dc.identifier.otherfuhrmann_christopher_m_200605_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/fuhrmann_christopher_m_200605_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/23114
dc.description.abstractSevere winds pose a tremendous threat to people and property and are the most frequently reported form of severe weather in the United States. This study examines three aspects of severe convective windstorms in Georgia during the warm season. Severe thunderstorm wind reports and radar data from the WSR-88D network are used to determine the convective organization and evolution of severe windstorms. The synoptic-to-mesoscale environments associated with these events are evaluated using surface weather maps, re-analysis data, and radiosonde observations. Lastly, the characteristics of cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning are observed during the evolution of a subset of severe windstorms. Results of this study indicate that the majority of severe windstorms in Georgia are non-linear, are influenced by land-atmosphere interactions, and develop under relatively quiescent synoptic conditions. Severe windstorms exhibit fewer positive CG flashes than non-severe thunderstorms, suggesting that the diabatic effects of evaporation and sublimation may enhance the negatively-charged cloud center.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectSevere wind
dc.subjectconvective system
dc.subjectGeorgia
dc.subjectclimatology
dc.subjectlightning
dc.titleSevere convective wind environments in Georgia
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentGeography
dc.description.majorGeography
dc.description.advisorThomas L. Mote
dc.description.committeeThomas L. Mote
dc.description.committeeAndrew J. Grundstein
dc.description.committeeJohn A. Knox
dc.description.committeeJ. Anthony Stallins


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