Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Paul Cadden-Zimansky

Project Advisor 2

Matthew Deady

Abstract/Artist's Statement

lobal warming is a term that refers to the human-induced alterations of weather patterns resulting from an increase in the Earth's atmospheric temperature. A possible consequence of such an increase is the likelihood of instability in the atmosphere, and thus for severe weather. The Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) of a region in the sky is a reliable indicator of such severe weather. The following is a general analysis of a region of the troposphere above southwestern Oklahoma over 40 years. Data has been taken from the four previous decades during the months of March through June, the height of tornado season, over roughly 100 square miles of a region notorious for its tornadic activity. The results will show if there is any upward or downward trend of CAPE during the time in which Global Warming has become a relevant concern.

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