Forced orographic convection - Strait of Gibraltar

Forced orographic convection - Strait of Gibraltar

08 March 2014 10:06 UTC

Forced orographic convection - Strait of Gibraltar
Forced orographic convection - Strait of Gibraltar

The imagery shows forced orographic convection ahead of the Strait of Gibraltar.

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22 October 2020

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08 March 2014

The Metop image shows the Strait of Gibraltar with the Mediterranean Sea to the East, and the Atlantic Ocean to the West. The low level wind was easterly.

The region was mainly cloud free except for a cumulus cloud band which elongated from the strait to the East.

AVHRR Natural Colour RGB Composite
AVHRR Natural Colour RGB Composite

In this band low-level cumulus clouds formed due to the orographic forced convergence and lifting.

West from the strait the clouds disappeared.

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Download animation of the Meteosat-10 SEVIRI HRV cloud RGB (HRV, HRV, IR10.8), 08 March, 07:40–11:25 UTC (AVI).

 

Metop Images with ECMWF wind overlay

 
Metop-A, 08 March 2014, 10:06 UTC
Metop-A, 08 March 2014, 10:06 UTC
AVHRR Natural Colour RGB, overlaid by the ECMWF 950 hPa wind field forecasted for 09:00 UTC.
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Metop-A, 08 March 2014, 10:06 UTC
Metop-A, 08 March 2014, 10:06 UTC
AVHRR Natural Colour RGB, overlaid by the ECMWF
10 m wind field forecasted for 09:00 UTC.
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