Doppler radar analysis of a tropical Pacific convective event
Marsalek, David J.
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Determining moisture and heat budgets for the entire atmosphere remains one of the biggest challenges in modem day meteorology. In order to accurately determine these values, it is important for meteorologists to gain insight into the convective and stratiform activity occurring over the world's oceans, which cover approximately threefourths of the surface. Little is known about such tropical events due to the lack of data collection because of its associated difficulties over the oceans. This thesis examines a signifícant precipitation event over the central Pacific slightly north of the equator. The purpose is to compare the nature of the convective and stratiform events to past research in this area. By determining the specifics of this event and its similarities and differences to past events over the tropical oceans, researchers can more accurately speculate as to whether or not tropical oceanic precipitation can be treated as the same throughout or if it differs from region to region. This case differs in many aspects in its evolution from past research, prompting a simple, new model to be created based solely on the observations of the event.