The Effect of Hawai ’ i ’ s Big Island on Track and Structure of Tropical Cyclones Passing to the South and West

@inproceedings{Chambers2011TheEO,
  title={The Effect of Hawai ’ i ’ s Big Island on Track and Structure of Tropical Cyclones Passing to the South and West},
  author={Rebecca S Chambers},
  year={2011}
}
The effect of the Big Island of Hawai’i on tropical cyclone (TC) track and structure is investigated using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. The high (;4000 m) mountains of the Big Island modulate lower-tropospheric flow in such a way that it can influence TCs hundreds of kilometers away from the island. When a TC approaches from the east, the blocking of lower-tropospheric flow leads to a slowing of the TC’s movement. As a TC passes close to the south side of the Big Island, it… CONTINUE READING