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  1. EML's -- packets of desert air that originate in the inter-mountain west -- are often invoked to explain severe weather as far away from the Rockies as New England. For several months I have been puzzling how such dry (heavy, dense) air could maintain its coherence and altitude while passing the two thousand miles from ABQ to BDL. To put the question in the least technical way possible: Why wouldn't it fall down? Looking at SKEW-T's I see that such parcels of air are fairly common in the East, manifesting themselves as a sharp rightward movement of the temperature line, and a very sharp, leftward movement of the dewpoint line at some point above the surface, with the two lines reconverging at higher altitudes to form a sort of tent-like pattern. Over the last year, many intelligent and experienced people have contributed to this thread, and I am enormously grateful to them. Their work is a great resource for anybody curious about layering in the atmosphere and its relation to severe weather. This post has been promoted to an article