Overshooting Convection in Tropical Cyclones
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CitationRomps, David M. and Zhiming M. Kuang. 2009. Overshooting convection in tropical cyclones. Geophysical Research Letters 36: L09804.
AbstractUsing infrared satellite imagery, best-track data, and reanalysis data, tropical cyclones are shown to contain a disproportionate amount of the deepest convection in the tropics. Although tropical cyclones account for only 7% of the deep convection in the tropics, they account for about 15% of the deep convection with cloud-top temperatures below the monthly averaged tropopause temperature and 29% of the clouds that attain a cloud-top temperature 15 K below the temperature of the tropopause. This suggests that tropical cyclones could play an important role in setting the humidity of the stratosphere.
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