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250 mb Analyses (Heights, Divergence, and Wind Speed) + 850 mb Wind Barbs, at 00z, 09/17
Eta 0-hr analyses of 250 mb heights (green contours), wind speeds (shaded), and divergence (white contours). Tan wind barbs represent Eta 0-hr 850 mb winds. All analyses are for 00z, 9/17/04. Note the pronounced upper-level divergence over the Tennessee and Lower Ohio Valleys, likely a result of coupled jet dynamics from a speed maximum to the north over the Upper Lakes region and a southern jetlet over Louisiana. Also note the thermally direct response to this upper-level divergence, in the form of a 50+ kt southerly 850 mb jet over the Southeastern states.