Articles | Volume 22, issue 11
Ann. Geophys., 22, 3951–3958, 2004

Special issue: 10th International Workshop on Technical and Scientific Aspects...

Ann. Geophys., 22, 3951–3958, 2004

  29 Nov 2004

29 Nov 2004

Secondary circulation within a tropical cyclone observed with L-band wind profilers

M. Teshiba1, M. D. Yamanaka3,2, H. Hashiguchi1, Y. Shibagaki4, Y. Ohno5, and S. Fukao1 M. Teshiba et al.
  • 1Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan
  • 2Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
  • 3Institute of Observational Research for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokohama 236-0001, Japan
  • 4Osaka Electro-Communication University, Neyagawa, Osaka 572–8530, Japan
  • 5National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Koganei, Tokyo 184–8795, Japan

Abstract. In association with the passage of a Tropical Cyclone (TC) around Japan, the secondary circulation in the region from the outer side to the center was investigated in detail by two separately located L-band wind profilers and the rawinsonde observations from 1 to 2 October 2002, for the first time. As the wind profilers can observe wind fields not only within rainbands but also in between, the mesoscale wind circulation including the vertical wind component in wide areas from the lower layer to the upper layer was investigated.

While the TC center approached the profiler stations, several rainbands associated with the TC subsequently passed. Relatively warm, moist inflow with a cyclonic rotation was observed in the lower-troposphere while the TC center approached. The inflow reached the inside of the main rainband where the updraft was observed. Above 5-km height (with temperature below 0°C), outflow and weak downdraft corresponding to falling frozen particles were observed. It is considered that the frozen particles formed precipitating clouds mainly in the outer rainband region. The continuous wind circulation transported water vapor from the lower troposphere to the upper troposphere via the vicinity of TC center.

On the other hand, after the passage of the TC center, the developed rainband passed, which was located in the south and southwest quadrant of the TC. It is suggested with the profilers' data that the rainband was intensified mainly by warm and moist outflow below 3-km height.