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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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Can you explain the areas of highest and lowest occurrence in relation to the weather conditions and environments that exist at those locations?

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The areas of highest and lowest occurrence of the thunderstorm in the United States in relation to the weather conditions and environments that exist at those locations, using Figure 6.20.

Explanation

In the United States, the thunderstorms’ frequency fluctuates. However, they usually arise most frequently in places and commonly having warm and humid conditions. From the accompanying map, the thunderstorms have the greatest frequency of occurrence toward the southeast and in the portions of Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.

This specific spatial distribution proposes that the condition for the development of thunderstorm is not only the intense solar heating. Yet another essential requirement is the availability of warm, moist air. The Gulf of Mexico in the United States serves the nearby continental regions with humid oceanic tropical air masses. Such air masses being comparatively unsteady, rapidly form cumulonimbus clouds once the surface heating becomes extreme.

The second greatest occurrence found in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, might be because of another climatic influence...

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