You are here

Analysis of Cyclogenesis for Mid-Latitude and Tropical Storms Using the Petterssen-Sutcliffe Development Equation

Title: An Analysis of Cyclogenesis for Mid-Latitude and Tropical Storms Using the Petterssen-Sutcliffe Development Equation.
Name(s): Hession, William M., author
Ruscher, Paul, professor directing thesis
Fuelberg, Henry, committee member
Krishnamurti, T. N., committee member
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In this study, the Petterssen-Sutcliffe development equation is used to examine cyclogenesis. In the past, several other methods have been used to study cyclogenesis and calculate vertical motion, such as the kinematic and adiabatic methods, quasi-geostrophic theory as well as the approaches derived from them. However, there is little documentation on the application of the historical Petterssen-Sutcliffe method, and hence the motivation for this study. The forcing terms of the Petterssen-Sutcliffe development equation are calculated using GEMPAK software. These forcing terms include vorticity advection, temperature advection, stability, and diabatic heating. Two mid-latitude storms and two tropical systems were analyzed to see if this method could recognize cyclogenesis in both baroclinic and barotropic environments. The first mid-latitude storm occurred in late January 2000. It formed off the coast of the Carolinas and traveled up the East Coast over the Atlantic Ocean. The second storm spent its life cycle over land in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions during March 1999. Both tropical systems originated in the Gulf of Mexico: Hurricane Earl (1998) and Hurricane Gordon (2000). This method of analysis was shown to have general success in identifying cyclogenesis of mid-latitude cyclones and somewhat limited success with tropical storms. It is hoped that this method will benefit both educational and operational environments where students and forecasters can use this additional analysis to supplement their understanding of the atmosphere.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4069 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Meteorology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: June 16, 2004.
Keywords: Surface Tendency
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Paul Ruscher, Professor Directing Thesis; Henry Fuelberg, Committee Member; T. N. Krishnamurti, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Meteorology
Atmospheric sciences
Persistent Link to This Record:
Use and Reproduction: This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). The copyright in theses and dissertations completed at Florida State University is held by the students who author them.
Host Institution: FSU

Choose the citation style.
Hession, W. M. (2004). An Analysis of Cyclogenesis for Mid-Latitude and Tropical Storms Using the Petterssen-Sutcliffe Development Equation. Retrieved from