The upper-tropospheric forcing during the 10th-12th December 2003 storm over Calabria

Federico, S. and Bellecci, C. and Lavagnini, A. (2007) The upper-tropospheric forcing during the 10th-12th December 2003 storm over Calabria. Il nuovo cimento C, 30 (2). pp. 157-175. ISSN 1826-9885

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In this study we revisit an intense and destructive storm that occurred over Calabria, southern Italy, on 10th-12th December 2003. This event was already analyzed by two of the authors at synoptic and planetary scales, however in this work we investigate the mesoscale of the storm by the RAMS (Regional Atmospheric Modeling System) model. Firstly it is shown that large-scale moisture source was mainly from the Mediterranean basin, then RAMS simulations are discussed to focus on the mesoscale of the storm. More precisely we evaluate the roles of Calabrian orography and the surface latent heat fluxes by the factor separation technique. Results show that the role of Calabrian orography, even if important, decreased during the event whilst the role of surface latent heat fluxes was less affected through the entire event. A prominent mid tropospheric trough or cut-off low can be identified through this event prior and during the period of heavy rain. The upper-tropospheric level disturbance, associated with high potential vorticity (PV) values, consequence of a deep tropospheric intrusion of stratospheric air masses, coupled with the surface cyclone and reinforced the whole meteorological system which resulted in the heavy impact rainstorm over Calabria, mainly during 11th and 12th December 2003.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Winds and their effects ; Water in the atmosphere
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 550 Scienze della Terra > 551 Geologia, Idrologia, Meteorologia > 551.5 Meteorologia (Classificare qui l'atmosfera) (Classificare la previsione e le previsioni di specifici fenomeni meteorologici in 551.64; classificare la Micrometeorologia in 551.66) > 551.51 Composizione, zone, dinamica dell'atmosfera > 551.513 Troposfera
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2020 16:09
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2020 16:09

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