Colorado State University Tropical Weather and Climate Research


Potential vorticity

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On the nature and evolution of asymmetric structures during tropical cyclone rapid intensification


Group Members: Jonathan Martinez , Michael M. Bell

Do asymmetries facilitate or interfere with tropical cyclone (TC) intensification? An idealized, high-resolution simulation of a rapidly intensifying TC is examined to assess asymmetric contributions to the intensification process. Scale-dependent contributions to the azimuthal-mean PV tendency reveal positive contributions from asymmetries that vary throughout the intensification period. Note: This project was also funded by the National Science Foundation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Award 004863-00003.