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The CoCoRaHS WxTalk Webinar!
July 13, 2017:
Mesoscale convective systems: Bringing both beneficial rains and hazardous weather to the central and eastern US

Mesoscale convective systems will be the focus of our July CoCoRaHS "WxTalk Webinar”. It will take place on Thursday, July 13th. Join us for this presentation by Russ Schumacher of Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science located in Fort Collins, CO.

Space is limited to the first 500 registrants, so register today! We will notify the first 500 who register of their acceptance to the Webinar. Those who aren't able to attend will be able to watch this episode on-line the following day.


Title: Webinar #59 - CoCoRaHS WxTalk: Mesoscale convective systems: Bringing both beneficial rains and hazardous weather to the central and eastern US
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern, Noon Central, 11:00 AM Mountain, 10:00 AM Pacific

”A major portion of the summertime rainfall in the central United States comes from “mesoscale convective systems”, or MCSs: large lines or clusters of storms that regularly move across the country. In many years, the regularity of these MCSs is what provides the rainfall to support the thriving agriculture activity in the central US. But a lack of MCSs in some years can mean drought, and an overabundance of them can result in significant flooding. Although much is known about the general conditions that are favorable for MCSs to develop and last for many hours, it remains very challenging to predict their precise location or the specific amount of rain they will produce: in fact, summer heavy precipitation is among the most difficult aspects of the weather to predict.

In this presentation, I will give an overview of different types of MCSs, and what they look like when observed by radars and satellites. I will address some of the challenges associated with predicting MCSs—and the potential of forecasting systems currently under development—as well as some of their impacts. Lastly, I will share some insights gained from recent field research campaigns, including the “Plains Elevated Convection At Night”, or PECAN, project that took place in the summer of 2015.”

Reserve your seat now by registering here: MESO

Stay tuned for our September CoCoRaHS WxTalk Webinar, “Storm Surge, Run From the Water, Hide from the Wind” presented on Thursday, September 7th by Jamie Rhome of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.