92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012
The Role of Moisture Transport in Fall Precipitation Extremes for the Central US
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Catherine Radonic, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA; and M. Barlow

Extreme precipitation events for the central US are influenced by a continental-scale, dipole-like circulation pattern that appears to modulate the transport of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. The influence of the large-scale circulation on moisture transport from the Gulf and related changes in the occurrence of extreme precipitation is examined through trajectory analysis using the NOAA HYSPLIT model. The influence of the dipole mode on average trajectory and the implications for moisture transport is examined, as is the difference in moisture trajectories for extreme and non-extreme events.

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