Journal of Meteorological Research

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 1149–1160 | Cite as

Characteristics of mesoscale vortices over China in 2015

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Mesoscale vortices, which appear at middle and lower levels of rainstorms, are cyclonic circulations with a size ranging from tens of kilometers to several hundred kilometers. Mesoscale vortices often have close relationships with convective activities. The ERA-Interim dataset and an automatic vortex-searching method were used to identify the mesoscale vortices occurring over China in 2015 and their basic characteristics were analyzed. The mesoscale vortices are divided into three categories: mesoscale convective vortices, mesoscale stratiform vortices, and mesoscale dry vortices. The mesoscale convective vortices have the largest intensity, size, and duration, whereas the mesoscale dry vortices have the smallest. Mesoscale convective vortices are able to form in any direction of the parent mesoscale convective system, although the secondary convection tends to appear to the southeast of the parent vortices. The mesoscale vortices tend to generate in the transition area between high and low altitudes. The leeward side of the Tibetan Plateau is the main source region of mesoscale vortices in China. Most of vortices are generated at midday and midnight. The activities of mesoscale convective vortices and mesoscale stratiform vortices peak in summer, whereas those of the mesoscale dry vortices peak in winter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanjing Meteorological BureauNanjingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Severe WeatherChinese Academy of Meteorological SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Institute of Earth SciencesUniversity of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.School of Atmospheric SciencesNanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  5. 5.Key Laboratory for Mesoscale Severe Weather of Ministry of EducationNanjing UniversityNanjingChina

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