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dc.contributor.advisorScoggins, James R.
dc.creatorFuelberg, Henry E.
dc.description.abstractSynoptic-scale budgets of kinetic and total potential energy are computed using 3- and 6-h data at nine times from NASA's fourth Atmospheric Variability Experiment conducted on 24-25 April 1975. Two intense squall lines occurred during the period. Energy budgets for areas as small as 8.0 x 10¹¹ m² that enclose regions of intense convection are shown to have systematic changes that relate to the life cycles of the convection. Some of the synoptic-scale energy processes associated with the convection are found to be larger than those observed in the vicinity of mature cyclones. Volumes enclosing intense convection are found to have large values of cross-contour conversion of potential to kinetic energy and large horizontal export of kinetic energy. Although small net vertical transport of kinetic energy is observed, values at individual layers indicate large upward transport. Transfer of kinetic energy from grid to subgrid scales of motion occurs in the volumes. Latent heat release is large in the middle and upper troposphere and is thought to be the cause of the observed cyclic changes in the budget terms. Total potential energy is found to be imported horizontally in the lower half of the atmosphere, transported aloft, and then exported horizontally. Although local changes of kinetic energy and total potential energy are small, interaction between volumes enclosing convection with surrounding larger volumes is quite large. Spatial fields of terms in the energy budget equations are shown at three times. These have good continuity and are closely related to the locations and intensities of the two squall lines.en
dc.format.extentxvi, 137 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectAtmospheric thermodynamicsen
dc.subjectConvection (Meteorology)en
dc.subject.classification1976 Dissertation F953
dc.subject.lcshAtmospheric thermodynamicsen
dc.subject.lcshConvection (Meteorology)en
dc.titleAtmospheric energetics in regions of intense convective activityen
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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