Sustained increases in lower-tropospheric subsidence over the Central Tropical North Pacific drive a decline in high-elevation rainfall in Hawaii

Authors: 

Longman, R.J., Diaz, H.F., & Giambelluca, T.W.

Publication source: 
American Meteorological Society
Year: 
2015
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Image credit: Sybil Gotsch
Publication summary: 

The Trade Wind Inversion (TWI) is a prominent feature in the climate system of Hawaii. The TWI caps the vertical development of clouds resulting in extremely dry environments at high elevations (> 2100 m). In this study we analyze the temporal  and spatial variability of the TWI, as well as changes in large-scale atmospheric subsidence over the Hawaiian islands, and high elevation rainfall regimes over a 40 year period (1973-2013). 

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