The detection of flow asymmetries in the tropical cyclone environment

M. J. Reeder, R. K. Smith, S. J. Lord

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Data from a numerical simulation of a moving barotropic vortex on a sphere with 10-km resolution are used to assess the ability of a state-of-the-art objective analysis scheme to detect certain large-scale tropical cyclone asymmetries, the so-called "beta-gyres' to which the cyclone motion appears to be attributed. It is shown that for a moderate-size tropical cyclone-scale vortex, a regular grid spacing on the order of 100-150 km is required to adequately define the gyres, at least when the ambient flow is weak. The upgraded upper-air network was found to be inadequate by itself for this purpose, suggesting that aircraft dropwindsonde data are a prerequisite for this task. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-854
Number of pages7
JournalMonthly Weather Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

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