Diurnal variation of tropical oceanic convection

Oceanic Convection

The diurnal variation of tropical oceanic convection is one of most important phenomena in tropical variability, and plays a crucial role in regulating tropical hydrological and energy cycles. The dominant diurnal signal is the nocturnal peak in precipitation that occurs in the early morning (see the review in Sui et al., 1997a). Kraus (1963) emphasized the role of radiative forcing in the diurnal variation, and suggested that solar heating and IR cooling tend to suppress convection during...