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The "year" of tropical convection (May 2008-April 2010): Climate variability and weather highlights

Waliser, DE and Moncrieff, MW and Burridge, D and Fink, AH and Gochis, D and Goswami, BN and Guan, B and Harr, P and Heming, J and Hsu, HH and Jakob, C and Janiga, M and Johnson, R and Jones, S and Knippertz, P and Marengo, J and Nguyen, H and Pope, M and Serra, Y and Thorncroft, C and Wheeler, M and Wood, R and Yuter, S (2012) The "year" of tropical convection (May 2008-April 2010): Climate variability and weather highlights. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 93 (8). pp. 1189-1218.

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The representation of tropical convection remains a serious challenge to the skillfulness of our weather and climate prediction systems. To address this challenge, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment (THORPEX) of the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) are conducting a joint research activity consisting of a focus period approach along with an integrated research framework tailored to exploit the vast amounts of existing observations, expanding computational resources, and the development of new, high-resolution modeling frameworks. The objective of the Year of Tropical Convection (YOTC) is to use these constructs to advance the characterization, modeling, parameterization, and prediction of multiscale tropical convection, including relevant two-way interactions between tropical and extratropical systems. This article highlights the diverse array of scientifically interesting and socially important weather and climate events associated with the WCRP-WWRP/THORPEX YOTC period of interest: May 2008-April 2010. Notable during this 2-yr period was the change from cool to warm El Niño- Southern Oscillation (ENSO) states and the associated modulation of a wide range of smaller time- and space-scale tropical convection features. This period included a near-record-setting wet North American monsoon in 2008 and a very severe monsoon drought in India in 2009. There was also a plethora of tropical wave activity, including easterly waves, the Madden-Julian oscillation, and convectively coupled equatorial wave interactions. Numerous cases of high-impact rainfall events occurred along with notable features in the tropical cyclone record. The intent of this article is to highlight these features and phenomena, and in turn promote their interrogation via theory, observations, and models in concert with the YOTC program so that improved understanding and pre- dictions of tropical convection can be afforded.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyrights of this article belongs to American Meteorological Society.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate event; Climate prediction; Climate research; Climate variability; Computational resources; Easterly wave; Equatorial waves; Extratropical; High resolution; Integrated research; Madden-Julian oscillation; Modeling frameworks; Multiscales; North American; Observing systems; Rainfall event; Research activities; Southern oscillation; Tropical convection; Tropical cyclone; Two-way interaction; Wave activity; Weather research, Atmospheric pressure; Atmospheric thermodynamics; Climatology; Nickel compounds; Research, Tropical engineering
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2014 10:25
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2014 10:25

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