Asymmetry of Cloud Vertical Structures and Associated Radiative Effects in Typhoon over the Northwest Pacific Based on CloudSat Tropical Cyclone Dataset

  • Yafei Yan
  • Jianguo TanEmail author
  • Linli Cui
  • Wei Yu
  • Yan Hu
Original Article


The clouds’ macro-, microphysical vertical structures and radiative effects in 4 shear-relative quadrants of typhoon over the northwest Pacific during development, maturity and extinction stages are studied based on CloudSat Tropical Cyclone dataset and China Meteorological Administration tropical cyclone dataset from 2nd June 2006 to 31th December 2015. The typhoon cloud is in an asymmetric “mushroom” shape, with the downshear quadrants (in particular of the downshear left quadrant (DL)) have denser clouds than the upshear quadrants. Cloud ice water content mainly distributes near typhoon center with wide vertical range (6–17 km). A large number of ice particles with small sizes are gathering in high levels, while small amount of ice particles with large sizes are gathering in low levels. As typhoon matures, the number concentration and size of cloud ice particles in inner ring increases, especially in the DL quadrant; while in the upshear left (UL) quadrant, a larger amount of ice particles with bigger sizes are transport to high levels (above 16 km) by deeper convection near storm center. The shortwave (longwave) cloud radiative effects (CRE) is mainly heating (cooling) upper layer atmosphere between 10 km and 17 km (between 14 km and 17 km), and the net CRE on atmosphere is heating almost at any levels in typhoon. The strongest heating of shortwave CRE and net CRE, as well as the strongest cooling of longwave CRE are in the DL quadrant at development stage and in the UL quadrant at maturity stage in inner core of storms. The existences of typhoon clouds mainly decrease solar radiation penetrating to the earth surface and increase longwave radiation absorbed by the whole atmosphere in typhoon’s inner core, and they are generally stronger in downshear (especially in DL) quadrants, except the maturity stage when the UL quadrant performs the strongest shortwave CRE on the surface and longwave CRE on the atmosphere in typhoon’s inner core.


CloudSat tropical cyclone dataset Typhoon Cloud vertical structures Cloud radiative effects (CRE) 


Funding Information

This work was jointly supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (Grant No. 2018YFA0606204), National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41775019, 41571044), Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (Grant No. 18ZR1434100) and Climate Change Special Fund of the China Meteorological Administration (Grant No. CCSF201922). The authors will also thanks for the support of Demonstration and Application Subsystem Construction Project of Typhoon Monitoring and Early Warning Service in Southeast Coast.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yafei Yan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jianguo Tan
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Linli Cui
    • 2
  • Wei Yu
    • 2
    • 6
  • Yan Hu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences (SEGS)Shanghai Normal UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Shanghai Ecological Forecasting and Remote Sensing CenterShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Shanghai Typhoon InstituteChina Meteorological AdministrationShanghaiChina
  4. 4.Key Laboratory of Cities Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change in Shanghai (CMACC)ShanghaiChina
  5. 5.Shanghai Climate CenterShanghaiChina
  6. 6.Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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