Tropical Squall Lines and Mesoscale Convective Systems

  • T. N. Krishnamurti
  • Lydia Stefanova
  • Vasubandhu Misra
Part of the Springer Atmospheric Sciences book series (SPRINGERATMO)


Passage of tropical squall lines is a common phenomenon in the rain areas of the tropics. These systems form over the land areas and even continue over the ocean for several days. The meso/beta scale (20–200 km) is a common scale of organization of convection within what are called the Meso Convective Systems (MCS). These normally carry long anvil clouds that can extend for several 100 km. MCS carry both stratiform and convective rains.


Rain Rate Mesoscale Convective System South Pacific Convergence Zone Squall Line Convective Rain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. N. Krishnamurti
    • 1
  • Lydia Stefanova
    • 2
  • Vasubandhu Misra
    • 2
  1. 1.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Center for Ocean-Atmospheric PredictionFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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