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Global lightning activity observed by TRMM and monsoon onset
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Paper Abstract

Monsoons are generally considered to be developed by land-ocean differential heating. However, it is revealed from the one to two months time lag between the maximum lightning activity/surface temperature and the monsoon rain onset that the diabatic heating generated by deep cumulus convection is another driving mechanism for monsoon development. The TRMM LIS observations, rainfall measurements, and the ERA-40 reanalyses were analyzed to demonstrate this monsoon development.

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Date Published: 30 November 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6404, Remote Sensing and Modeling of the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Interactions, 64040O (30 November 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.695315
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Tsing-Chang (Mike) Chen, Iowa State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6404:
Remote Sensing and Modeling of the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Interactions
Tiruvalam N. Krishnamurti; B. N. Goswami; Toshiki Iwasaki, Editor(s)

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