The Convective Features within and surrounding Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry (2006)

Peter Otto, Joshua Soderholm

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A sequence of ground-based radar reflectivity images sampled in the 17 hours prior to, and during the landfall of Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry (2006) are presented and analyzed using Fourier and wavelet analysis techniques.A range of mesoscale convective anomalies were detected, with characteristics and behavior consistent with vortex Rossby wave initiation. Cyclonically propagating eye-wall kinks, elongations and mesoscale reflectivity maxima were all observed throughout the sampling period, along with intense inner spiral bands. Various deep convective maxima propagated within the eye-wall at speeds consistent with predictions derived by linear barotropic wave theory. Three eye-wall breakdown episodes were observed during the study period, along with corresponding increases in storm-core asymmetric wave power and reductions in estimated storm intensity. Vortex Rossby wave initiated radial flows are also suggested by the presence of a possible mesovortex within a broken section of the eye-wall during landfall, and the outward ejection of filaments of deep convection from an adjacent inner spiral band. The possible influence of this wave activity upon the storm intensity and integrity is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalTropical Cyclone Research and Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Vortex Rossby waves
  • mesovortices
  • inner spiral bands
  • linear barotropic wave theory
  • eye-wall breakdown
  • polygonal eye-wall

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