Model climatology of the Mexican monsoon

D. J. Stensrud, R. L. Gall, Steven Mullen, K. W. Howard

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The Mexican monsoon is a significant feature in the climate of the southwestern United States and Mexico during the summer months. Rainfall in northwestern Mexico during the months of July through September accounts for 60% to 80% of the total annual rainfall, while rainfall in Arizona for these same months accounts for over 40% of the total annual rainfall. Deep convection during the monsoon season produces frequent damaging surface winds, flash flooding and hail and is a difficult forecast problem. The Pennsylvania State University/National Center for Atmospheric Research mesoscale model is used to simulate 32 successive 24-h periods during the monsoon season. Mean fields produced by the model simulations are compared against observations to validate the ability of the model to reproduce many of the observed features. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1775-1794
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Climate
Volume8
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Stensrud, D. J., Gall, R. L., Mullen, S., & Howard, K. W. (1995). Model climatology of the Mexican monsoon. Journal of Climate, 8(7), 1775-1794.

Model climatology of the Mexican monsoon. / Stensrud, D. J.; Gall, R. L.; Mullen, Steven; Howard, K. W.

In: Journal of Climate, Vol. 8, No. 7, 1995, p. 1775-1794.

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Stensrud, DJ, Gall, RL, Mullen, S & Howard, KW 1995, 'Model climatology of the Mexican monsoon', Journal of Climate, vol. 8, no. 7, pp. 1775-1794.
Stensrud DJ, Gall RL, Mullen S, Howard KW. Model climatology of the Mexican monsoon. Journal of Climate. 1995;8(7):1775-1794.
Stensrud, D. J. ; Gall, R. L. ; Mullen, Steven ; Howard, K. W. / Model climatology of the Mexican monsoon. In: Journal of Climate. 1995 ; Vol. 8, No. 7. pp. 1775-1794.
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