The coastal convective interactions experiment (CCIE): Understanding the role of sea breezes for hailstorm hotspots in Eastern Australia

Joshua Soderholm, Hamish McGowan, Harald Richter, Kevin Walsh, Tammy Weckwerth, Matthew Coleman

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The coastal convective interactions experiment (CCIE's) integration of climatological analysis with an intensive field campaign has provided an opportunity for revealing some of the complexities surrounding thunderstorm hotpots in complex physical settings like SEQ. For the CCIE climatological analysis, a continuous 18-yr (July 1997 to June 2015) volumetric reflectivity radar dataset was sourced from the 1.9� S-band weather radar located at Marburg, 50 km west of Brisbane. A cell-based analysis of this archive was performed using a MATLAB implementation of the identification, tracking, and selected analysis algorithms from the Weather Decision Support System-Integrated Information (WDSS-II). The 10-min interval of the Marburg radar volumes creates significant spatial discontinuities between MESH grids from an individual thunderstorm. A preliminary analysis indicates a strong relationship between the presence of the sea breeze and the Boonah hailstorm hotspot, but further analysis is needed to isolate the additional influence of synoptic and topographic drivers. Furthermore, fine-scale field observations of the sea-breeze?thunderstorm interaction events have begun to shed some light on the meteorology of thunderstorm hotspots in South East Queensland (SEQ).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1687-1698
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes

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