Tropical cyclones in complex vertical shears

Elizabeth A. Ritchie

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The interactions between the tropical cyclone core and an environmental wind that either changes direction with height, or is pointed in a direction other than along the motion vector, were examined. The numerical model used in this study was the PSU/NCAR Mesoscale model, version 5 (MM5). A tropical-depression-like vortex was allowed to develop for 48 hours in a zero-flow environment until it reached hurricane intensity. The results show that the beta-induced shear case possesed the least shear, the smallest asymmetry, and the greatest intensification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event26th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorolgy - Miami, FL., United States
Duration: May 3 2004May 7 2004


Other26th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorolgy
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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