A numerical study of the effects of GOES-8 cloud-cleared brightness temperatures on the prediction of Hurricane Felix

Author: X. Zou, Q. Xiao, Alan E. Lipton and George D. Modica
Date: 
March 20, 2000
Type: 
Journal Article
Venue: 
Journal of Applied Meteorology
Citation: 

Zou, X., Q. Xiao, A. E. Lipton, and G. D. Modica, 2000: A numerical study of the effects of GOES-8 cloud-cleared brightness temperatures on the prediction of Hurricane Felix. J. Appl. Meteor., 40, 34-55

The influence of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) brightness temperature data on the numerical simulations of Hurricane Felix is investigated. Satellite data are included as an augmentation to a bogus data assimilation (BDA) procedure using a mesoscale adjoint modeling system. The assimilation of satellite data modified not only the environmental flow but also the structure of the initial vortex, which is located over a region devoid of satellite data. This modification resulted in a reduction of the 12-h forecast errors verified by radiosonde data. Despite the fact that the forecast using only the bogus surface low at the initial time was very good, track and intensity forecasts beyond 2 days of model integration were shown to be improved further by including satellite data in the initialization procedure. Differences in the prediction of Hurricane Felix with and without satellite data were also found in the prediction of the upper-level jet, the cold temperature trough ahead of the hurricane, the size of the hurricane eye, and the location of the maximum hydrometeor. Although the focus of this study is to assess the effect of the direct use of satellite brightness temperature data on hurricane prediction, it is also noted that the BDA experiment including only the bogus data shows a positive effect of the BDA vortex on the environmental flow during the forecast period, as verified by satellite observations.