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https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-4-927-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-4-927-2023
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03 Nov 2023
Research article |  | 03 Nov 2023

Diabatic effects on the evolution of storm tracks

Andrea Marcheggiani and Thomas Spengler

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There is a gap between the theoretical understanding and model representation of moist diabatic effects on the evolution of storm tracks. We seek to bridge this gap by exploring the relationship between diabatic and adiabatic contributions to changes in baroclinicity. We find reversed behaviours in the lower and upper troposphere in the maintenance of baroclinicity. In particular, our study reveals a link between higher moisture availability and upper-tropospheric restoration of baroclinicity.