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Descending cirrus associated with planetary scale disturbance: An observational study from lidar, radiosonde and reanalysis data

Das, SK and Das, SS and Chiang, CW and Nee, JB (2013) Descending cirrus associated with planetary scale disturbance: An observational study from lidar, radiosonde and reanalysis data. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 104. pp. 137-147.

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Abstract

The impact of planetary scale disturbances on cirrus clouds in the vicinity of the cold point tropopause is examined by using a ground based lidar over Chung-Li (24.5°N, 121.1°E), Taiwan, from July to September 2009. An interesting feature of descending cirrus case is observed between 21 and 28 July 2009, and height from 16 to 8km. Investigation shows the presence of planetary scale waves for about 6-12 days and found that during the cold phase of these waves, the descending cirrus clouds were observed. Global ERA-Interim reanalysis data along with radiosonde observations show the enhancement of relative humidity with respect to water (ice) in the lower (upper) troposphere during the observed periods of descending cirrus clouds. Analysis at the 350K isentropic surface shows that low values of Ertel's potential vorticity correspond to high specific humidity over the Taiwan and the surrounding areas. The westward propagating planetary wave, emerging for about 6-12 days with a horizontal wavelength of about 4000-7000km and horizontal and vertical phase speeds of about 4.5ms-1 and 1.4-2.1cms-1 respectively, is one of the factors for the observed descending cirrus. A case study presented here provides some insights into the relationship between atmospheric wave disturbances and cirrus cloud structure.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Atmospheric waves; Cirrus; Ground-based lidars; Isentropic surfaces; Observational study; Potential vorticity; Radiosonde observations; Wavelet, Optical radar; Radiosondes; Waves, Clouds
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2014 10:25
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2014 10:25
URI: http://moeseprints.incois.gov.in/id/eprint/271

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