Characteristics of the Meso-scale Environments of Storms Associated with Typhoon-spawned Tornadoes in Miyazaki, Japan

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In order to elucidate meso-scale environmental characteristics contributing the generation of a typhoon-spawned significant tornado (F2) occurred in Nobeoka of Miyazaki prefecture, Japan in 2006, environmental and composite parameters in Miyazaki are examined in comparison with typhoon-spawned 3 tornadic events in Miyazaki and 16 nontornadic events using the forecast dataset of the operational nonhydrostatic mesoscale model of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).<br>It is found that the significant tornado in Nobeoka is accompanied by enhanced convectively unstable environment with large vertical wind shear, which is represented by a relatively large convective available potential energy based on mean parcel in the lowest 500 m layer above ground level (AGL) (mlCAPE) and significantly large shear parameters (e.g., storm relative helicity; SRH) compared with other tornadic and nontornadic events. We also discuss synoptic condition producing these characteristic environments along with the comparison of the environment for the tornadic supercells and hurricane-spawned tornadoes in the U.S.

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  • SOLA

    SOLA (5), 5-8, 2009

    Meteorological Society of Japan

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