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Tropical Cyclone Rainfall

Part 3. Meteorology and Climatology

  1. Robert Rogers1,
  2. Frank Marks1,
  3. Timothy Marchok2

Published Online: 15 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/0470848944.hsa030

Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences

Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences

How to Cite

Rogers, R., Marks, F. and Marchok, T. 2009. Tropical Cyclone Rainfall. Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences. 3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    NOAA/AOML Hurricane Research Division, Miami, FL, USA

  2. 2

    Princeton University Forrestal Campus, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2009


A brief survey of the relevant research of tropical cyclone (TC) rainfall is presented here. The importance of TC rainfall in global and regional rainfall budgets is discussed, as is its mean characteristics as derived from airborne and satellite observational studies. Discussion is also presented on the physical processes that can modulate TC rainfall distributions, including topography, storm motion, vertical shear, and extratropical transition. Some tools that have been developed to predict and evaluate forecasts of TC rainfall are discussed. Finally, a summary and outlook for the future is presented, including a discussion of opportunities for improving TC rainfall forecasts and conducting research into the role of TC rainfall in intensity and structure changes in TCs.


  • tropical cyclone;
  • rainfall;
  • quantitative precipitation forcasting;
  • eyewall;
  • rainbands;
  • stratiform rain