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Intra-seasonal and Inter-annual variability of Bowen Ratio over rain-shadow region of North peninsular India

Morwal, SB and Narkhedkar, SG and Padmakumari, B and Maheshkumar, RS and Deshpande, CG and Kulkarni, JR (2017) Intra-seasonal and Inter-annual variability of Bowen Ratio over rain-shadow region of North peninsular India. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 128 (3). pp. 835-844.

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Abstract

Intra-seasonal and inter-annual variability of Bowen Ratio (BR) have been studied over the rain-shadow region of north peninsular India during summer monsoon season. Daily grid point data of latent heat flux (LHF), sensible heat flux (SHF) from NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis for the period 1970–2014 have been used to compute daily area-mean BR. Daily grid point rainfall data at a resolution of 0.25° × 0.25° from APHRODITE’s Water Resources for the available period 1970–2007 have been used to study the association between rainfall and BR. The study revealed that BR rapidly decreases from 4.1 to 0.29 in the month of June and then remains nearly constant at the same value (≤0.1) in the rest of the season. High values of BR in the first half of June are indicative of intense thermals and convective clouds with higher bases. Low values of BR from July to September period are indicative of weak thermals and convective clouds with lower bases. Intra-seasonal and inter-annual variability of BR is found to be inversely related to precipitation over the region. BR analysis indicates that the land surface characteristics of the study region during July–September are similar to that over oceanic regions as far as intensity of thermals and associated cloud microphysical properties are concerned. Similar variation of BR is found in El Nino and La Nina years. During June, an increasing trend is observed in SHF and BR and decreasing trend in LHF from 1976 to 2014. Increasing trend in the SHF is statistically significant.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer International Publishing
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2017 11:18
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 11:18
URI: http://moeseprints.incois.gov.in/id/eprint/4335

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