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Characteristics of sprite and gravity wave convective sources present in satellite IR images during the SpreadFEx 2005 in Brazil

Sabbas, F. T. Sao [1] ; Rampinelli, V. T. [1] ; Santiago, J. [1] ; Stamus, P. [2] ; Vadas, S. L. [2] ; Fritts, D. C. [2] ; Taylor, M. J. [3] ; Pautet, P. D. [3] ; Neto, G. Dolif [4] ; Pinto, O. [1]
Número total de Autores: 10
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Natl Inst Space Res INPE, Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
[2] NW Res Associates Inc, CoRA Div, Boulder, CO - USA
[3] Utah State Univ, Logan, UT 84322 - USA
[4] Ctr Weather Forecast & Climate Studies INPE, Cachoeira Paulista, SP - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 4
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: Annales Geophysicae; v. 27, n. 3, p. 1279-1293, 2009.
Citações Web of Science: 9

We developed a technique to identify and estimate the size, intensity, and Tropopause overshoot of thunderstorm convective cores expected to be significant sources of gravity waves. The work was based on GOES IR images of South America on the night of 30 September to 1 October and 25-26 October 2005, as part of the Spread F Experiment (SpreadFEx) in Brazil in 2005. We also characterized, for the first time, the convective activity of three small TLE producing thunderstorms that yielded 11 TLEs on 25-26 October 2005. The campaign occurred during the dry to wet season transition in central Brazil, marked by the presence of extra-tropical cyclogenesis over the Atlantic Ocean, and cold fronts penetrating inland. The Tropopause temperature was typically-76 degrees C with a corresponding altitude of similar to 15 200 m. Vigorous convective cores capable of generating strong gravity waves were located in convective regions having areas with cloud top temperatures <=-76 degrees C. They had typical cloud-top temperature deficits of Delta T-2.0 degrees C to -8.0 degrees C from the average surroundings, implying overshoot heights of 200 to 3100 m, which are within the typical range. Fast vertical development and high horizontal growth rates were associated with a large number of simultaneously active vigorous convective cores, indicating that their dynamics may have determined the spatial-temporal development of the thunderstorms analyzed. Moderate convective cores were also present in areas with cloud top -76 degrees C <= T <=-70 degrees C. They had Delta T of -1.9 degrees C to -5.3 degrees C producing overshoots between 80-300 m. All convective cores had typical diameters of 5-20 km and their size tended to increase with Delta T, there was a 57% correlation between the two parameters. Analysis of the relationship of cloud top T with positive and negative cloud-to-ground lightning (+/-CG) occurrence rate and with peak current showed that lighting activity may provide an independent way to identify convective cores and measure their intensity, since they were characterized by a high incidence of low peak current -CGs that forms the bulk of the -CG population. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 04/12350-7 - Deposição de energia eletromagnética na atmosfera superior sinalizada por sprites e outros efeitos luminosos transientes - deeluminos
Beneficiário:Eliah Fernanda de Maria de São Sabbas Tavares
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Apoio a Jovens Pesquisadores