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  20 Apr 2020

20 Apr 2020

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Assimilation of Himawari-8 Imager Radiance Data with the WRF-3DVAR system for the prediction of Typhoon Soulder

Dongmei Xu1,2, Aiqing Shu1, and Zhankui Zhang1 Dongmei Xu et al.
  • 1the Key Laboratory of Meteorological Disaster, Ministry of Education (KLME)/Joint International Research Laboratory of Climate and Environment Change (ILCEC)/Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters (CIC-FEMD), Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
  • 2Heavy Rain and Drought-Flood Disasters in Plateau and Basin Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Chengdu, China

Abstract. Himawari-8 is a new generation geostationary meteorological satellite launched by Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). It carries the Advanced Himawari imager (AHI) onboard, which can continuously monitor high-impact weather events with high frequency space and time. The assimilation of AHI was implemented with the framework of the mesoscale numerical model WRF and its three-dimensional variational assimilation system (3DVAR) for the analysis and prediction of typhoon Soudelor in the Pacific Typhoon season in 2015. The effective assimilation of AHI Imager data in tropical cyclone with rapid intensify development has been realized. The results show that after assimilating the AHI imager data under clear sky conditions, the typhoon position in the background field in the model is effectively corrected compared with the control experiment without AHI data. It is found that assimilation of AHI imager data is able to improve the analyses of the water vapor and wind in typhoon inner-core region. The analyses and forecast of the typhoon minimum sea level pressure, the maximum near-surface wind speed, and the typhoon track are further improved.

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