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Advances in Meteorology - Volume 2017 2017, Article ID 8598594, 13 pages -

Research Article

Department of Earth Science Education, Kongju National University, Kongju 314-701, Republic of Korea

Climate and Radiation Laboratory, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Eun-Kyoung Seo

Received 9 January 2017; Revised 7 May 2017; Accepted 15 May 2017; Published 20 June 2017

Academic Editor: Roberto Fraile

Copyright © 2017 Eun-Kyoung Seo and Kyu-Myong Kim. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The climatological characteristics of precipitating clouds during Changma, the summer rainy period in the Korean Peninsula, were investigated using the Precipitation Radar PR on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission TRMM satellite. This investigation was further augmented with reanalysis data. Specifically, Changma clouds are compared with post-Changma clouds. Similarities and differences in cloud properties between the two periods are discussed based on seasonal changes in thermodynamic environments. For convective clouds migrating along the Changma stationary front, rain intensity is much stronger and cloud height is relatively higher than during any other summer period, including post-Changma period. Convective rain clouds have a large seasonal variability, even during summer. The seasonal variability in rain parameters related to convective rain type appears to be due to the thermodynamic and dynamic environments.

Autor: Eun-Kyoung Seo and Kyu-Myong Kim



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