Lanqiang Bai1, Zhiyong Meng1, Ling Huang1, Lijun Yan2, Zhaohui Li2, Xuehu Mai2, Yipeng Huang1, Dan Yao1 and Xi Wang3
1 Laboratory for Climate and Ocean-Atmosphere Studies, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing, China
2 Foshan Tornado Research Center, Foshan, Guangdong Province, China
3 National Satellite Meteorological Center, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China
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This work presents an integrated damage, visual, and radar analysis of a tropical cyclone (TC) tornado that has not been documented as detailed as midlatitude tornadoes. On 4 October 2015, an enhanced Fujita 3 (EF3) tornado spawned into Typhoon Mujigae and hit Foshan, Guangdong Province, China. This tornado was generated in a minisupercell ～350 km northeast of the TC center and lasted about 32 minutes, leaving a southeast-to-northwest damage swath 30.85 km long and 20–570 m wide. Near-surface wind patterns and the size of the tornado, juxtaposition of the condensation funnel with the damage swath and radar signatures, and consistency between near-surface wind speed estimated from visual observations and that estimated using EF scale were revealed based on ground and aerial surveys, radar and surface observations, photographs, and tornado videos. Tornado videos showed two occurrences of vertical subvortices followed by the formation of a horizontal vortex. Some features of the tornado, the parent supercell and mesocyclone, and the convective environment were compared to their U.S. counterparts. This work provides a case review of a tornado with the most comprehensive information ever in China. Damage indicators used to estimate the tornado intensity in this Chinese case were compared with those in the United States, demonstrating the potential applicability of the EF scale in tornado damage surveys outside the United States.
Full Text: http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0015.1
Citation: Bai, L., Z. Meng, L. Huang, L. Yan, Z. Li, X. Mai, Y. Huang, D. Yao, and X. Wang, 2017: An Integrated Damage, Visual, and Radar Analysis of the 2015 Foshan, Guangdong, EF3 Tornado in China Produced by the Landfalling Typhoon Mujigae (2015). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, 2619–2640, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0015.1.