Initiation of convection over the Black Forest mountains during COPS IOP15a

AMS Citation:
Bennett, L. J., and Coauthors, 2011: Initiation of convection over the Black Forest mountains during COPS IOP15a. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 137, 176-189, doi:10.1002/qj.760.
Date:2011-01-01
Resource Type:article
Title:Initiation of convection over the Black Forest mountains during COPS IOP15a
Abstract: Doppler-On-Wheels radar observations made during the Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS) on 12 August 2007 showed that precipitating clouds only developed between the north - south orientated Murg and Nagold Valleys of the northern Black Forest. The clouds produced moderate precipitation. The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model run at 700 m horizontal resolution in the inner domain was able to simulate the location of the precipitation. Insight is therefore gained into the physical mechanisms responsible for the initiation and development of the convection. Convergence lines resulting from thermally driven flows constrained the initial location of the convection within warm and moist cores produced by heating on elevated surfaces. The heaviest precipitation was later produced by secondary convection, which was initiated within the cores at the boundary between cold-pool outflows and thermal flows.
Subject(s):Elevated heating, Convergence, Cold-pools
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright 2011 Royal Meteorological Society.
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d75m667s
Publisher's Version: 10.1002/qj.760
Author(s):
  • Lindsay Bennett
  • Alan Blyth
  • Ralph Burton
  • Alan Gadian
  • Tammy Weckwerth - NCAR/UCAR
  • Andreas Behrendt
  • Paolo Di Girolamo
  • Manfred Dorninger
  • Sarah-Jane Lock
  • Victoria Smith
  • Stephen Mobbs
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