Accession Number : AD0780209

Title :   A Technique for Predicting South China Sea Tropical Cyclones.

Descriptive Note : Technical paper,

Corporate Author : NAVY WEATHER RESEARCH FACILITY NORFOLK VA

Personal Author(s) : Brody,L. R. ; Jarrell,J. D.

Report Date : MAY 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : The low-level cyclonic shear zone in the South China Sea is investigated as a possible precursor of tropical storm activity within the South China Sea. For tropical storm genesis in this area, it is shown that the strength of the cyclonic shear zone reaches a critical intensity approximately 24 to 48 hours before cyclogenesis takes place. Also, if the cyclonic shear zone is not present and there is either a large-scale ridge or easterly flow across the South China Sea, then tropical storm genesis does not take place for at least a week. With respect to tropical storms approaching the South China Sea from the Philippine Sea, the presence of a cyclonic shear zone is a good indication that the tropical storm will move into the area. On the other hand, when a large-scale low-level ridge is present over the area, these storm recurve northward and will not enter the South China Sea. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Tropical cyclones, *Weather forecasting, *South China Sea, Estimates, Wind velocity, Motion, Meteorological charts, Tables(Data)

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE