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Benjamin C. Trabing and Michael M. Bell

diurnal cycle of deep convective clouds. Using observations from both microwave and infrared satellites, Hong et al. (2006) found a two hour delay in the diurnal cycle of convection due to cirrus clouds and an enhancement of the diurnal variations in the blended 11- μ m areal fraction of 210 K (cloud tops above 13.5 km) deep convective clouds in non-TC environments. One mechanism by which the cirrus canopy can modulate the diurnal cycle of convection is through modification of the location and

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Kyle Chudler, Weixin Xu, and Steven A. Rutledge

location and amount of precipitation generated by the model disagreed with observations. Only by including both a typical monsoonal wind profile (westerlies in the low levels, easterlies aloft) and ocean surface fluxes did the model simulations fall in accord with observations. In other model simulations, Xie et al. (2006) found that even the relatively small and narrow mountain ranges of Myanmar cause enough impedance of the monsoon flow to create the convergence necessary to generate convection and

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