The impact of the Saharan Air Layer on Atlantic tropical cyclone activity

Jason P. Dunion, Christopher S. Velden

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Abstract

An overview is given of a recently developed Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) split-window satellite imagery that permits continuous tracking of the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) across the North Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. This new type of satellite imagery reveals that the SAL may play a major role in suppressing TC activity in the North Atlantic. Focus is on documentation of these suppressing characteristics for a number of specific TC-SAL interactions that have occurred during several recent Atlantic hurricane seasons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-365
Number of pages13
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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