Articles | Volume 23, issue 22
Research article
16 Nov 2023
Research article |  | 16 Nov 2023

The evolution of deep convective systems and their associated cirrus outflows

George Horner and Edward Gryspeerdt

Data sets

International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) Climate Data Record, H-Series W. Rossow, V. Golea, A. Walker, K. Knapp, A. Young, B. Hankins, and A. Inamdar

ERA5 hourly data on pressure levels from 1959 to present H. Hersbach, B. Bell, P. Berrisford, G. Biavati, A. Horányi, J. Muñoz Sabater, J. Nicolas, C. Peubey, R. Radu, I. Rozum, D. Schepers, A. Simmons, C. Soci, D. Dee, and J.-N. Thépaut

CERES and GEO-Enhanced TOA, Within-Atmosphere and Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols 1-Hourly Terra-Aqua Edition4A NASA/LARC/SD/ASDC

Short summary
Tropical deep convective clouds, and the thin cirrus (ice) clouds that flow out from them, are important for modulating the energy budget of the tropical atmosphere. This work uses a new method to track the evolution of the properties of these clouds across their entire lifetimes. We find these clouds cool the atmosphere in the first 6 h before switching to a warming regime after the deep convective core has dissipated, which is sustained beyond 120 h from the initial convective event.
Final-revised paper