Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in an anvil cloud

Jacob M. Petre, Johannes Verlinde

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On the evening of 21-22 July 2002, the University of Miami documented large-amplitude Kelvin-Helmholtz billows. The billows lasted more than 3 h, suggesting that internal anvil circulations helped continuously regenerate the instability, even more than an hour after the demise of all deep convection. In addition to the main shear axis along which the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability developed, several identifiable weaker shear layers existed in the anvil, evident in the Doppler spread.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-34
Number of pages2
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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