CASE 29 - Collapse of leading-line MCS into stratiform rain and new development to N


Microphysical scans 0230 - 0345 Z, 1h 15m





Zone 7, S zone 8, and central zone 5 saw activity flair overnight as a weak trough moved across central Mexico. The southern portion of the trough linked up with low-level moisture from the Gulf of California (see image) and was aided by orographic lift while the northern portion continued to feed off SE flow from the Gulf of Mexico.








Day 0 forecast discussion text



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EVENT SUMMARY: Linear MCS (with overall look of leading line-trailing stratiform MCS) formed along inland seabreeze front during the late afternoon / early evening hours on 8/15/04. System began dissipating by late evening. However, leading line and stratiform regions do not appear to be dynamically linked, leaving system with a loose organizational structure and perhaps not a true LLTS system (see explanation in S-Pol Scan Summary below).


2354Z, GOES-10 Thermal IR


24 h precipitation totals -





2130 Z

Visible seabreeze front along much of GOC coast in vicinity of S-Pol.


2124Z, GOES-10 Vis


2200 Z

Convection developing along a seabreeze front starting to look organized.


2210Z, GOES-10 Vis


2300 Z

Increasing organization along seabreeze front - developing leading-line MCS.


2254Z, GOES-10 Vis


2350 Z

Southern portion of MCS moving westward, toward GOC.


2354Z, GOES-10 Vis


0100 Z

Linear structure breaking up, leaving several multcellular systems.


0054Z, GOES-10 Thermal IR


0500 Z

System has dissipated.




S-POL SUMMARY: Microphysical scans captured the collapse of this MCS into stratiform rain, with new development along its northern edge.


S-Pol log - spol_081604.txt




8/15 2216 Z

Line of convection running from NW-SE through S-Pol scope and loose convection over the mountains to the NE. Convective line has formed along a seabreeze front visible in the GOES-10 Vis loop.


2215Z, Base reflectivity


2300 Z

Increased organization along the seabreeze front.


2330 Z

Strong phase shifts through SE portion of the line. Southern portion of system slowly propagating towards the GOC - perhaps due to onset of landbreeze enhanced by outflow from mountain storms.


2330Z, Base reflectivity


8/16 0021 Z

Linear organization breaking up into several multicellular systems, gradual westward motion.


0015Z, Base reflectivity


0030 Z

S-Pol log discussion: MCS resembles a leading-line trailing-stratiform (LLTS) MCS, with stratiform rain well to the east of the leading line. Leading line (which consists of remnants of seabreeze front) looking good while stratiform rain (which consists of remnants of mountain convection) is dying out as sun sets. If origins of these 2 regions is correct, they are not dynamically linked which may be responsible for the loose organizational structure.


0230 Z

Begin Microphysical Scanning, Running NearPPI135: Convection portion of system looking decreasingly organized, out over the GOC.


0230Z, Base reflectivity


0245 Z

Switching to MicroNear135:


0300 Z

Switching to MicroFar135: Main convection well to the N of line, looks detached from original line.


0315 Z

Switching to MicroFar90: Concentrating on stronger cells to the N/NW, at far end of S-Pol scope.


0315Z, Base reflectivity


0330 Z

End Microphysical Scanning, Switching to ClimoFar: Convection dying.