By Stefan Hastenrath (auth.)
Tropical surroundings and ocean are receiving elevated realization in terms of the functioning of the worldwide weather approach, the outstanding climatic variability in low latitudes, and the linked manifold environmental and societal results. past the normal emphasis of meteor ology on climate research and forecasting, there's a starting to be curiosity within the weather and massive scale movement of the tropics. This e-book might function a textual content for graduate and upper-division undergraduate scholars in meteorology, and is additionally meant as a reference paintings for practising meteorologists, and researchers within the atmospheric, oceanic, and different environmental sciences. i started penning this e-book in 1979, however the roots achieve extra again. Early reviews in North Africa fuelled my interest concerning the low latitudes. In 1960 I seized the chance to paintings within the nationwide Meteorological provider of El Salvador in relevant the US. My curiosity within the tropics persevered after becoming a member of the college of Wisconsin in 1963. box study introduced me to the equatorial Pacific, and plenty of occasions to the tropical Americas and Africa. This concerned visits and correspondence with many climate companies. My acquaintance with Australasia and South Asia is restricted to brief research visits, yet contains non-stop contacts with colleagues at key study associations in India, specifically the India Meteorological division, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, and Andhra college. A visitor semester on the collage of the Witwatersrand in 1971 and comparable travels supplied a viewpoint at the difficulties of Southern Africa.
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J . - . ~ i-"" 2000 ..... ~ f"'I' V. . y .. l- . - - p .... Fig. 3:6. Vertical distribution of annual rainfall at the Pacific coast of Guatemala, Central America. Dots denote station values and solid line is least-square fit parabola. From Hastenrath (1967). DIURNAL FORCINGS AND LOCAL CIRCULATIONS 17 altitudinal belt of maximum precipitation is the predominantly convective nature of tropical rainfall. The lowlands benefit less from orographic uplift and are affected by evaporation of rain below the cloud base.
An example is the Mount Kenya area of East Mrica as illustrated in Fig. 3:3. At night, surface winds are directed down the slopes and valleys and the peak regions clear with preference. At the same time airstreams form a confluence over the basins, where cloudiness develops. In the morning the topographically induced circulations reverse. Surface winds are directed up the slopes and valleys, the mountain clouds up from about noon onward, while the basins clear. In the late afternoon, the downslope winds take over again.
Meridional-vertical cross-sections of zonal wind speed for (a) June-JulY-August, (b) DecemberJanuary-February. , 1972, 1974, vol. 1. ) 29 PLANETARY SCALE ATMOSPHERIC CIRCULATION Seasonal differences in the zonal wind regime are related to changes in the thickness pattern. During the respective winter seasons, the temperate-latitude westerlies are strongest and in the upper troposphere they extend deep into the tropics. By contrast, during summer the anticyclonic axes are steep and in the tropics easterlies extend from the surface into the upper troposphere.