Does convection vary in different cloud disturbances?

Yoshiaki Miyamoto, Ryuji Yoshida, Tsuyoshi Yamaura, Hisashi Yashiro, Hirofumi Tomita, Yoshiyuki Kajikawa

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Deep moist convection is an element of cloud disturbances such as Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO), tropical cyclones (TCs), mid-latitudinal low depressions (MDL), and fronts (FRT). However, differences in convection characteristics in disturbances remain unclear. We first clarified the statistical features of the convection (structure, intensity, and environmental parameters) in various disturbances simulated by a global simulation with a sub-kilometre grid spacing. The convection in MJO (TC) was tall with a strong (weak) upward motion, and was driven by large convective available potential energy (strong low-level convergence). The convection in MDL and FRT was shorter and characterized by a strong vertical wind shear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-309
Number of pages5
JournalAtmospheric Science Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Cloudy disturbance
  • Global simulation
  • Moist convection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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    Miyamoto, Y., Yoshida, R., Yamaura, T., Yashiro, H., Tomita, H., & Kajikawa, Y. (2015). Does convection vary in different cloud disturbances? Atmospheric Science Letters, 16(3), 305-309.