34th Conference on Radar Meteorology


Precipitation Characteristics and Associated Environment Regimes during SoWMEX/TiMREX

Chong-Chi Tong, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; and T. C. Chen and B. J. D. Jou

In this study, the composited hybrid scan radar reflectivity data of the Central Weather Bureau (CWB)'s Quantitative Precipitation Estimation Segregation Using Multiple Sensors (QPESUMS) system and the lightning data of the Taiwan Power Company (Taipower)'s Total Lightning Detection System (TLDS) were used to examine the precipitation characteristics in southwestern Taiwan during the 2008 Mei-Yu season. Besides, the SoWMEX/TiMREX field campaign provided high temporal resolution sounding data for documenting the environmental condition. The relations between the precipitation characteristics and their associated environment regimes were explored.

A total of 40 rainfall events were identified in the 2008 Mei-Yu season. The result indicates that based on the initiation location, the precipitation events can be classified into three types: land, oceanic, and mixed. The former two types are evenly distributed (18:17) and occupy most of the cases. For the time of development, the land events usually begin in the daytime with shorter durations. In contrast, the oceanic events have their initiations in the nighttime and persist longer. Most of the land events are related to the afternoon thunderstorms and reveal pronounced diurnal cycle signal. In terms of spatial distribution, on the average, the land-type (oceanic-type) precipitating systems are more concentrated (widespread) with higher fraction of convective (stratiform) precipitation and higher (lower) lightning density. For the environmental conditions, the land (oceanic) events are associated with larger (smaller) convective available potential energy (CAPE) and smaller (larger) convective inhibition (CIN). Otherwise, the composited soundings show that the oceanic-type has a much stronger and moister southwesterly flow over the lower troposphere than the land-type.

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Session 9B, Results From Tropical Field Experiments
Wednesday, 7 October 2009, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Room 18

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