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|Title:||Reduced spatial extent of extreme storms at higher temperatures|
|Citation:||Geophysical Research Letters, 2016; 43(8):4026-4032|
|Publisher:||American Geophysical Union|
|Conrad Wasko, Ashish Sharma, and Seth Westra|
|Abstract:||Extreme precipitation intensity is expected to increase in proportion to the water-holding capacity of the atmosphere. However, increases beyond this expectation have been observed, implying that changes in storm dynamics may be occurring alongside changes in moisture availability. Such changes imply shifts in the spatial organization of storms, and we test this by analyzing present-day sensitivities between storm spatial organization and near-surface atmospheric temperature. We show that both the total precipitation depth and the peak precipitation intensity increases with temperature, while the storm’s spatial extent decreases. This suggests that storm cells intensify at warmer temperatures, with a greater total amount of moisture in the storm, as well as a redistribution of moisture toward the storm center. The results have significant implications for the severity of flooding, as precipitation may become both more intense and spatially concentrated in a warming climate.|
|Keywords:||Precipitation; temperature; extreme; spatial|
|Rights:||© 2016. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.|
|Appears in Collections:||Civil and Environmental Engineering publications|
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