A Lagrangian identification of major sources of moisture over Central Brazil and La Plata Basin

Authors

  • Anita Drumond,

    1. Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
    2. Now at Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias de Ourense, Universidad de Vigo, Ourense, Spain.
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  • Raquel Nieto,

    1. Departamento de Física Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias de Ourense, Universidad de Vigo, Ourense, Spain
    2. University of Lisbon, CGUL, IDL, Lisbon, Portugal
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  • Luis Gimeno,

    1. Departamento de Física Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias de Ourense, Universidad de Vigo, Ourense, Spain
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  • Tercio Ambrizzi

    1. Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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Abstract

[1] This work examines the main sources of moisture over Central Brazil and La Plata Basin during the year through a new Lagrangian diagnosis method which identifies the humidity contributions to the moisture budget over a region. This methodology computes budgets of evaporation minus precipitation by calculating changes in the specific humidity along back-trajectories for the previous 10 d. The origin of all air masses residing over each region was tracked during a period of 5 years (2000–2004). These regions were selected because they coincide with two centers of action of a known dipole precipitation variability mode observed in different temporal scales (from intra seasonal up to inter decadal timescales) and are related to the climatic variability of the South American Monsoon System. The results suggested the importance of the tropical south Atlantic as a moisture source for Central Brazil, and of recycling for La Plata basin. It seems that the Tropical South Atlantic plays an important role as a moisture source for Central Brazil and La Plata basin along the year, particularly during the austral summer. The north Atlantic is also an additional source for both regions during the austral summer.

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