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Hannah et al. 2016

Hannah, W.M., B.E. Mapes, and G.S. Elsaesser, 2016: A Lagrangian view of moisture dynamics during DYNAMO. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, no. 5, 1967-1985, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-15-0243.1.

Column water vapor (CWV) is studied using data from the Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO) field experiment. A distinctive moist mode in tropical CVW probability distributions motivates the work. The Lagrangian CWV tendency (LCT) leaves together the compensating tendencies from phase change and vertical advection, quantities which cannot be measured accurately by themselves, to emphasize their small residual, which governs evolution. The slope of LCT vs. CWV suggests that the combined effects of phase changes and vertical advection act as a robust positive feedback on CWV variations, while evaporation adds a broadscale positive tendency. Analyzed diabatic heating profiles become deeper and stronger as CWV increases. Stratiform heating is found to accompany Lagrangian drying at high CWV, but its association with deep convection makes the mean LCT positive at high CWV. Lower-tropospheric wind convergence is found in high-CVW airmasses, acting to shrink their area in time. When ECMWF heating profile indices and S-POL and TRMM radar data are binned jointly by CWV and LCT, bottom-heavy heating associated with shallow and congestus convection is found in columns transitioning through Lagrangian moistening into the humid, high-rainrate mode of the CWV distribution near 50-55mm, while non-raining columns and columns with widespread stratiform precipitation are preferentially associated with Lagrangian drying. Interpolated sounding-array data produce substantial errors in LCT budgets, because horizontal advection is inaccurate without satellite input to constrain horizontal gradients.

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  author={Hannah, W. M. and Mapes, B. E. and Elsaesser, G. S.},
  title={A Lagrangian view of moisture dynamics during DYNAMO},
  journal={J. Atmos. Sci.},

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RIS Citation

ID  - ha08710w
AU  - Hannah, W. M.
AU  - Mapes, B. E.
AU  - Elsaesser, G. S.
PY  - 2016
TI  - A Lagrangian view of moisture dynamics during DYNAMO
JA  - J. Atmos. Sci.
VL  - 73
IS  - 5
SP  - 1967
EP  - 1985
DO  - 10.1175/JAS-D-15-0243.1
ER  -

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