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Andrew I. Watson, JoséG. Meitín, and John B. Cunning


The relationship of vertical motion to the occurrence of precipitation from the convective and stratiform regions of a mesoscale convective system (MCS) is presented. On 20–21 May 1979, an MCS developed over portions of Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. The uniqueness of this system was its lack of squall-line characteristics and development of a large stratiform precipitation region. The evolution of the system is detailed by rawinsonde observations, radar cross sections, 15-min composite analyses of six NWS WSR-57 radars, and by raingages. The genesis stage of the MCS was described by strong convection along an east-west cold front that was reinforced by outflow generated by two mesoscale convective complexes (MCCS) that formed tile night before in Kansas and Missouri. The mature stage of the MCS was characterized by the development of a large stratiform precipitation region while convection was limited to the southern and eastern flanks of the system. Finally, in the dissipative stage, a moderate north-south squall line that developed over west Texas in the afternoon moved rapidly to the cast apparently associated with a short-wave aloft and appeared to sweep the entire system out of Oklahoma.

A modified Cheng and Houze technique is applied to the radar composites to determine stratiform and convective regions utilizing temporal as well as areas considerations. For the system as a whole, the stratiform region generated 30–50% of the total precipitation. The vertical-motion profiles hold the key to the precipitation characteristics over the storm-scale network. The genesis period was characterized by a strongly convective profile. As the system matured, low-level upward motion cased, while middle-level upward motion was sustained. A large area of stratiform rain developed as the deep convection weakened. Water-budget considerations suggest that the stratiform region was maintained by a combination of mesoscale middle-level updraft and by horizontal transfer of convective debris.

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John A. Augustine, Cecilia G. Griffith, William L. Woodley, and JoséG. Meitín


In the mean the Griffith/Woodley rain estimation technique underestimated the radar-measured rain of each of the three phases (a total of 56 days) of GATE, to varying degrees, and the satellite-derived isohyets were generally too extensive relative to radar-measured patterns. Three possible error sources are investigated in the present paper: 1) the method of apportionment of satellite-derived rain at the surface; 2) resolution degradation of the digital satellite imagery; and 3) anomalous behavior of convective clouds in the tropical Atlantic relative to those of the Florida derivation data set.

To correct the satellite-derived rain patterns, a new method of apportionment was tested by recomputing the GATE satellite rain estimates. Better volumetric comparisons between radar and satellite estimates were observed for 24 h and phase periods, and comparisons of isohyetal patterns improved on all time scales.

The relative error caused by resolution degradation was quantified by comparing rain estimates produced from full resolution imagery to estimates derived from degraded imagery for an 8° latitude by 12° longitude area in the eastern tropical Pacific ocean over a 54 h period. Results showed that the volumetric rainfall estimates made at 1/3° spatial and 1 h temporal resolution would be on the order of 10% lower than estimates made with the full resolution data (1/15° and 30 min).

The remaining differences between the GATE satellite and radar estimates are attributable to different conditions prevailing in Florida and in GATE. These include significant rain from clouds that do not grow above the −20°C level (“warm rain”) and very long-lived anvils.

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