Journal article

Locally forced convection in sub‐kilometre scale simulations with the Unified Model and WRF

M Jucker, TP Lane, CL Vincent, S Webster, SA Wales, V Louf

Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society | Wiley | Published : 2020


This study evaluates the performance and benefits of kilometre and sub‐kilometre scale convection permitting simulations over tropical Australia. Focusing on an extended Monsoon break period we can directly compare Unified Model (UM) and Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) simulations to CPOL radar observations and soundings. We show that the two models have different behaviour, and both are different to observations. Whereas WRF produces daily squall lines whether or not they occurred in observations, the UM primarily generates small but intense storms. The UM and WRF produce qualitatively different surface density currents at different times in the diurnal cycle. Once the density ..

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