- Mesoscale convective vortex
A mesoscale convective vortex (MCV) is a low-pressure center within an mesoscale convective system (MCS) that pulls winds into a circling pattern, or vortex. With a core only 30 to 60 miles (97 km) wide and 1 to 3 miles (4.8 km) deep, an MCV is often overlooked in standard weather analysis. But an MCV can take on a life of its own, persisting for up to 12 hours after its parent MCS has dissipated. This orphaned MCV will sometimes then become the seed of the next thunderstorm outbreak. An MCV that moves into tropical waters, such as the Gulf of Mexico, can serve as the nucleus for a tropical storm or hurricane.
May 2009 Mid-Mississippi Valley MCVMain article: May 2009 Southern Midwest derecho
On Friday, May 8, 2009, a major MCV dubbed an "inland hurricane" incorrectly by local media moved through Southern Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, and Southwestern Indiana, killing at least 6 and injuring dozens more. Damage estimates were in the hundreds of millions. Top speeds of 106 mph (171 km/h) were reported in Carbondale, Illinois.
- ^ http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=pah&storyid=27320&source=0
- ^ http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/090508_g12_ir_anim.gif
- ^ http://www.register-news.com/local/local_story_128234308.html
- ^ http://blogs.chron.com/sciguy/archives/2009/05/midwest_experie.html
- ^ "Storms Cut Through Midwest, Killing 5". The New York Times. May 10, 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/us/10storm.html?_r=1&ref=global-home.
- NOAA Glossary
- Houze, R.A., Jr. (2004). "Mesoscale convective systems". Rev. Geophys. 42: RG4003. Bibcode 2004RvGeo..42.4003H. doi:10.1029/2004RG000150.
- Mesoscale meteorology
- Midlatitude weather
- Types of cyclone
- Severe weather and convection
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