Articles | Volume 17, issue 21
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13213-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13213-2017
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08 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 08 Nov 2017

The influence of sea- and land-breeze circulations on the diurnal variability in precipitation over a tropical island

Lei Zhu, Zhiyong Meng, Fuqing Zhang, and Paul M. Markowski

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This work shows a strong diurnal rainfall cycle over Hainan island due to land–sea breeze circulations. Years of gauge and CMORPH rainfall datasets were examined. More than 60 % of the total annual precipitation is attributable to the diurnal cycle. The multistage dynamics of the diurnal rainfall cycle and the related land–sea breeze circulations were analyzed based on WRF simulations. The rather high island orography is not a dominant factor in the diurnal variation of rainfall over the island.
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