Model climatology of the Mexican monsoon

D. J. Stensrud, R. L. Gall, S. L. 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
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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