ATMS 120 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Convective Available Potential Energy, Fluid Parcel, Hot Air Balloon

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Thunderstorms have played an interesting role in the history of the united states. In the first half of the 20th century, the united states became involved in two world wars that were primarily fought on foreign soil. It was through these tumultuous times that the country rose to superpower status and eventually became the driving force for the largest part of the world"s economy. While there are many reasons why the united states was able to make such progress, one defining characteristic was that it was a self-sustaining country especially with food. The vast open plains that stretch from the. Appalachian mountains to the foothills of the rockies contain some of the most fertile land on earth. Without thunderstorms, this part of the country would be a barren, semi-arid stretch of land instead of the bountiful breadbasket it is today. The image below shows the number of days per year with thunderstorms.

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