The spatial distribution of tornadoes and high wind impacts associated with inland-moving tropical cyclones in the southeastern United States

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Dept. of Geography , Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Etats-Unis
Dept. of Geography , Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Etats-Unis

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This study examines the spatial patterns of societal impacts associated with tornadoes and high winds with 31 inland-moving tropical cyclones (TC) that made landfall from 1985 to 2008. Hourly weather information was collected from all available first-order weather stations affected by each storm, as well as tropical cyclone preliminary reports issued from the National Hurricane Center. Societal impacts were identified through selected newspapers across the region and the National Climatic Data Center's Storm Data. Geographic Information System (GIS) software was employed to make geometric measurements of the distance and direction of the impacts relative to storm center. The majority of tropical cyclone tornado and high wind impacts occur in the right-forward sector of the tropical cyclone. However, many TC produce impacts that occur in other sectors far from the center of circulation. These abnormalities are associated with interactions between the tropical cyclone circulation, topography, peripheral dry air, and extratropical synoptic weather features.

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Article de périodique

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Physical geography, issn : 0272-3646, 2014, vol. 35, n°. 3, p. 245-271, nombre de pages : 27, Références bibliographiques : 35 ref.

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Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, Abingdon, Taylor and Francis

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