Can we predict seasonal changes in high impact weather in the United States?

Eunsil Jung, Ben P. Kirtman

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Abstract

Severe convective storms cause catastrophic losses each year in the United States, suggesting that any predictive capability is of great societal benefit. While it is known that El Nino and the Southern Oscillation (ENSO) influence high impact weather events, such as a tornado activity and severe storms, in the US during early spring, this study highlights that the influence of ENSO on US severe storm characteristics is weak during May-July. Instead, warm water in the Gulf of Mexico is a potential predictor for moist instability, which is an important factor in influencing the storm characteristics in the US during May-July.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number074018
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Volume11
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 14 2016

Keywords

  • CAPE
  • ENSO
  • Gulf of Mexico SST
  • extreme weather
  • high impact weather
  • severe storm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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