20 August 2009 Effects of diabatic heating on the short-term position variation of the west Pacific subtropical high during persistent heavy rain event in South China
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In terms of NCEP/NCAR daily reanalysis data and some remote sensing data, effects of diabatic heating on the short-term position variation of the west Pacific subtropical high (WPSH) during persistent heavy rain event in June 2005 in South China are analyzed based on the complete vertical vorticity equation. The results show that the position variation of WPSH is associated with the diabatic heating. In comparison with the climatology, there is strong heating on the north side of WPSH and relatively weak ITCZ convection on the south.. Each of westward extension of WPSH corresponds to a significantly enhanced heating to the west of WPSH. In mid-troposphere, the vertical variation of heating on the north (south) of WPSH during 12~24 June, 2005 is basically greater(less) than the climatology, which is unfavorable for the northward movement of WPSH. In the mid and late of June 2005, the vertical variation of heating over the eastern coast of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal (to the west of WPSH) is largely higher than the climatology, which is in favor of the increase of anti-cyclonic vorticity on the west of WPSH, inducing westward extension of WPSH. As a result, the heating on the north and south, and to the west of WPSH work together to make WPSH extend more southward and westward in June 2005, which is in favorable for rainbelts maintaining in South China.
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Lijuan Wang, Zhaoyong Guan, Bo Yu, Gang Zeng, Jielin He, "Effects of diabatic heating on the short-term position variation of the west Pacific subtropical high during persistent heavy rain event in South China", Proc. SPIE 7454, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability VI, 74540Z (20 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824094; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.824094
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