Articles | Volume 17, issue 21
Research article
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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Barthlott, C. and Kirshbaum, D. J.: Sensitivity of deep convection to terrain forcing over Mediterranean islands, Q. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 139, 1762–1779, 2013.
Chen, X., Zhang, F., and Zhao, K.: Diurnal variations of the land–sea breeze and its related precipitation over South China, J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 4793–4815, 2016.
Chen, X., Zhang, F., and Zhao, K.: Influence of monsoonal wind speed and moisture content on intensity and diurnal variations of the Mei-yu season coastal rainfall over South China, J. Atmos. Sci., in press,, 2017.
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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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