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A Glimpse into Modeled Changes of Severe Thunderstorm Occurrence Using Dynamical Downscaling

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Monday, 3 November 2014: 5:45 PM
Madison Ballroom (Madison Concourse Hotel)
Victor A. Gensini, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL; and T. Mote

High-resolution (4-km; hourly) regional climate modeling is utilized to resolve March–May hazardous convective weather east of the U.S. Continental Divide for a historical climate period (1980–1990). A hazardous convective weather model proxy is used to depict occurrences of tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts, and large hail at hourly intervals during the period of record. Through dynamical downscaling, the regional climate model does an admirable job of replicating the seasonal spatial shifts of hazardous convective weather occurrence during the months examined. Additionally, the interannual variability and diurnal progression of observed severe weather reports closely mimic cycles produced by the regional model. While this methodology has been tested in previous research, this is the first study to use coarse-resolution Global climate model data to force a high-resolution regional model with continuous integration. Overall, it is recommended that dynamical downscaling play an integral role in evaluating climatological distributions of severe weather, both in historical and future climates.