Precipitation Microphysics in Tropical Cyclones: A Global Perspective Using the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Dual‐Frequency Precipitation Radar Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractPrecipitation microphysics in tropical cyclones (TCs) are often poorly represented in numerical simulations, which ultimately affects TC structure, evolution, and prediction. This provides a large incentive to better observe and understand the underlying microphysical processes in TCs in order to improve precipitation forecasts and warning operations. 112 TCs from 2014 to 2020 were matched up with overpasses from the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission Dual‐Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) on a global scale to identify cloud properties and associated precipitation processes by quantifying vertical slopes of reflectivity in the liquid and ice phase. Further, vertical profiles of reflectivity were partitioned into different 850–200 hPa shear‐relative quadrants of each storm, different annuli from the storm center, and 5 TC ocean basins globally. Preliminary results showed the highest echo top heights occurred in the Northwest Pacific and Indian Ocean basins, with all basins and quadrants exhibiting median negative slopes of KuPR in the liquid phase. Additionally, all shear‐relative quadrants revealed negative slopes of reflectivity in the ice phase implying ice hydrometeor growth. These findings can potentially be used to improve the representation of cloud properties and the accuracy of the DPR particle size distribution algorithm in TCs.

publication date

  • January 16, 2024

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • February 22, 2024 9:12 AM

Full Author List

  • Brauer NS; Kirstetter PE; Basara JB; Hristova‐Veleva S; Tanelli S; Joseph Turk F

author count

  • 6

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2169-897X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2169-8996

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