Some Preliminary Modeling Results on the Upper-Level Outflow of Hurricane Sandy (2012). JungHoon Shin and Da-Lin Zhang Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, University of Maryland . On the Genesis of Hurricane Julia (2010).
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Some Preliminary Modeling Results on the Upper-Level Outflow of Hurricane Sandy (2012)
JungHoon Shin and Da-Lin Zhang
Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, University of Maryland
Time series of the best track (PMIN in blue, and VMAX in red) and the RMW from Hwind analysis.
2220Z24 (Stage 1)
1040Z 26 (Stage 2)
1400Z27 (Stage 3)
1330Z29 (Stage 4)
Satellite image showing the evolution of Sandy at 2220 UTC 24, 1040 UTC 26, 1400 UTC 27, and 1330 UTC 29 October 2012.
NCEP analysis at 00Z 29 Oct, when Sandy underwent re-intensification.
850 hPa wind vectors and isotherm (red: °C) with hourly accumulated precipitation from TRMM (shaded, mm)
200 hPa wind vectors, wind speed (shaded, m/s) and geopotential height (blue, m)
The thick solid line denotes the best track of Sandy, and black squares give Sandy’s location at each 00 UTC.
(i) How is the convectively generated upper-level outflow defined with respect to the eyewall convection and spiral rainbands?
From Liu, Zhang and Yau (1999)
(ii) Was the re-intensification of Sandy caused by the approaching upper-level jet stream or the low-level forcing, including frontal lifting? If yes, how to prove it? If not, why could Sandy reintensify in a less favorable environment compared to its earlier stages?
(iii) How was the upper-level outflow related to the secondary circulations of Sandy? Are the upper outflow changes in intensity and coverage passive or active during its reintensification stage?
Model description and verification
WRF domains and SSTs.
-Blue simulated WRF track
-Black: best track
Sandy’s location is marked at every 00UTC.
WRF physics options
(a) Simulated (blue) and observed (red) PMIN, plus the 200-850 hPa vertical wind shear (1000 km × 1000 km).
(b) Simulated (blue) and observed (red) VMAX.
Time-radius cross section of the azimuthally averaged 900 hPa tangential wind speed (shaded, m/s) from the western semicircle. Dashed lines are for the radius of maximum wind.
(b) 12Z 27 Oct
(c)12Z 28 Oct
(a) 06Z 26 Oct
200 hPa wind vectors, wind speed (shaded, m s-1) and geopotential height (blue).
(a) 06Z 26 Oct
(b) 12Z 27Oct
(c) 12Z 28 Oct
850 hPa wind vectors, isotherm (red, 3°C intervals), and hourly rainfall (shaded, mm)
(d) 12Z 28Oct
(a) 04Z 25Oct
(b) 06Z 26Oct
(c) 12Z 27Oct
900-hPa radar reflectivity (shaded,dBZ). The storm is centered in the domain (960km × 960 km).
c. 12 Z 27
d. 12 Z 28
a. 04Z 25
b. 06Z 26
900 hPa wind vectors with speeds shaded (m/s), and isobar (contoured at 5 hPaintervals). The storm is centered in the domain (960km × 960 km).
Time-azimuth distribution of the 175-275 hPa averaged & radial averaged (450~500 km) outward acceleration due to inertial instability (shaded: × 104, m s-2) and the 175-275 hPa averaged radial mass flux [contoured: × 102, kg/(m2 s)] at R= 450 km from the storm center.
Time - azimuth distribution of the 500-hPa vertical mass flux [× 102, kg/(m2 s)] that is radially averaged from R= 50 to 250 km.