A Synoptic/Dynamic Analysis of the Veteran's Day Storm
November 9-14, 1996 in the Great Lakes
A portion of these modules are extracted from a recent
term paper in
an advanced synoptic-dynamic meteorology course in the Department of
Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.
These sections may have special value for meteorologists or students of
meteorology, and are left as-is with this in mind. The novice
reader is encouraged to browse "helper" sections of WW2010 which
explain such concepts as isentropic analysis, QG-theory, and other current
atmospheric science topics that are used in diagnosing and analyzing the
weather and atmospheric phenomenon.
- An overview of the storm chronology and
discussion of the synoptic evolution which spawned the storm.
- A brief background on lake effect snow.
- A discussion of stability in the
atmospheric column as it relates to LES storms.
- A discussion of vertical wind shear and why it
plays an important role in LES forecasting and evolution.
discussion with some results from the Veteran's Day Storm using the
University of Illinois Quasigeostrophic model (QG
Model). This model was written by Professor Mohan Ramamurthy with
subsequent modifications from departmental graduate students.
discussion of Q-vectors and divergence of Q
at 500 mb taken from Numerical Weather Prediciton (NWP) model output and
processed via WXP, the Weather Processor.
- A summary of findings, observations, and
potential future work gleaned from the study.
Data and Analysis