Water Vapor Budget of the MJO over the Maritime Continent in Comparison to Those over the Indian and Pacific Oceans

Monday, 15 December 2014
Chidong Zhang, Univ Miami-RSMAS/MPO, Miami, FL, United States, Todd P Mitchell, University of Washington Seattle Campus, Seattle, WA, United States and Matthew Adam Janiga, University of Miami, Miami, FL, United States
The ERA-I data are used to diagnose water vapor budget at difference phases of the Madden-Julian Oscillaiton (MJO) over the Maritime Continent (MC) and Indian and Pacific Oceans. Distinctions are found in the water vapor budget at the initiation stage of the MJO over the Indian Ocean, its passage over the MC, and its decay over the Pacicfic Ocean. The MJO water vapor budget is related to its convective behavior over the MC detected from TRMM precipitation features.