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Diabatic heating profiles over the continental convergence zone during the monsoon active spells

Chattopadhyay, R and Sur, S and Joseph, S and Sahai, AK (2013) Diabatic heating profiles over the continental convergence zone during the monsoon active spells. Climate Dynamics, 41 (1). pp. 205-226.

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Abstract

The present paper aims to bring out the robust common aspects of spatio-temporal evolution of diabatic heating during the monsoon intraseasonal active phases over the continental tropical convergence zone (CTCZ). The robustness of spatio-temporal features is determined by comparing the two state-of-the art reanalyses: NCEP Climate Forecast System reanalysis and Modern ERA Retrospective Analysis. The inter-comparison is based on a study period of 26 years (1984-2009). The study confirms the development of deep heating over the CTCZ region during the active phase and is consistent between the two datasets. However, the detailed temporal evolution of the vertical structure (e.g., vertical tilts) of heating differs at times. The most important common feature from both the datasets is the significant vertical redistribution of heating with the development of shallow (low level) heating and circulation over the CTCZ region 3-7 days after the peak active phase. The shallow circulation is found to be associated with increased vertical shear and relative vorticity over certain regions in the subcontinent. This increased vertical shear and relative vorticity in the lower levels could be crucial in the sustenance of rainfall after the peak active phase. Model experiments with linear dynamics affirm the role of shallow convection in increasing the lower level circulation as observed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: atmospheric circulation; diabatic process; heating; monsoon; temporal evolution; vorticity; wind shear
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2014 07:30
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2014 07:30
URI: http://moeseprints.incois.gov.in/id/eprint/322

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