Cheng Zhengquan, Chen Lianshou, Li Ying. Interaction between landfalling tropical cyclone and summer monsoon with influences on torrential rain. J Appl Meteor Sci, 2012, 23(6): 660-671.
Citation: Cheng Zhengquan, Chen Lianshou, Li Ying. Interaction between landfalling tropical cyclone and summer monsoon with influences on torrential rain. J Appl Meteor Sci, 2012, 23(6): 660-671.

Interaction Between Landfalling Tropical Cyclone and Summer Monsoon with Influences on Torrential Rain

  • Received Date: 2011-12-14
  • Rev Recd Date: 2016-08-10
  • Publish Date: 2012-12-31
  • Based on Tropical Cyclone Yearbooks, NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data and dynamic composite analysis, the relationship between the torrential rain associated with landfalling tropical cyclones and summer monsoon jets is studied. Several sets of numerical experiments are carried out to analyze influences on heavy rain of interaction between the landfalling tropical cyclone Bilis (2006) and the summer monsoon. Composite analysis show that tropical cyclones resulting in a large range of torrential rain always link with a low-level jet for a long time even after landfall, which makes them obtain sufficient water vapor flux. While for the weak rainfall tropical cyclones, the linking might break before landfall, which cuts off the water vapor transport from the low level jet. Numerical experiments reveal that water vapor transport from the low-level jet of summer monsoon is favorable to the maintenance of the tropical cyclone structure of warm core. Cutoff of the water vapor transport will lead to the stretch of a dry tongue into the cyclonic circulation from the boundary, destruct the tropical cyclone structure, and make the mesoscale and microscale synoptic systems weakened, which results in the obvious weakness of the rainfall intensity and the reduction of heavy rain coverage. Water vapor transport from the southern boundary is much more important than any other boundary. In the sensibility numerical experiment, the wave spectrum method is applied to alter the mesoscale and microscale winds to strengthen and weaken the monsoon jet speed. Results show that moderate change of wind speed in low level jet only change the distribution and coverage of heavy rain a little, but the grid number of extremely strong rainfall (more than 200 mm) varies notably. Under the background of summer monsoon, a tropical cyclone moving into the monsoon channel will strengthen wind speed of the low level jet, which strengths the transport of water vapor at low level. Furthermore, the movement of tropical cyclone over land changes the distribution of water vapor, instability energy and the relevant heavy rain, and the unique dynamic structure of tropical cyclone, and strong convergence at low level and strong divergence at upper level, could strengthen the rain intensity.
  • Fig. 1  Composite 850 hPa wind (vector) and water vapor flux (shaded, unit: g·s-1·hPa-1·cm-1) of strong and weak rainfall tropical cyclones

    (abscissa represents grid number away from the tropical cyclone center, and negative denotes westwards and southwards; tropical cyclone center is located at coordinate origin and grid space is 1.0°)

    Fig. 2  850 hPa wind (vector, unit:m/s) and water vapor flux (shaded, unit: g·cm-1·hPa-1·s-1) 24 h after Bilis landfalling with its boundary (rectangle)

    Fig. 3  Observations and simulated track (a) and minimal central SLP (b)

    Fig. 4  24 h total rainfall observation and outputs of control and NS sensitivity experiments from 14 July to 16 July in 2006

    Fig. 5  850 hPa specific humidity (shaded) and wind (vector) of CTRL1 and NALL experiments

    Fig. 6  850 hPa initial winds (a), decomposed large-scale winds (b), decomposed meso-and micro-scale winds and initial winds in SMON (d) and WMON (e) at 0000 UTC 14 Jul 2006

    Fig. 7  24 h accumulated rainfall of CTRL2, SMON and WMON

    Table  1  Maximal 24 h accumulated rainfall heavy rain grid number in the numerical experiments

    试验 0~24 h 24~48 h
    降水量/mm 超过100 mm格点数 超过200 mm格点数 降水量/mm 超过100 mm格点数 超过200 mm格点数
    CTRL2 153.2 1142 3 267.7 2297 113
    SMON 178.5↑ 1186↑ 12↑ 281.9↑ 2367↑ 179↑
    WMON 143.5↓ 979↓ 0↓ 215.8↓ 1530↓ 7↓
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