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Journal Article: BibTeX citation key:  Fontaine2000
Fontaine, B. & Philippon, N. (2000) Seasonal evolution of boundary layer heat content in the West African monsoon from the NCEP/NCAR reanalysis (1968–1998). IN International Journal of Climatology, 20. 1777–1790.
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Creators: Fontaine, Philippon
Collection: International Journal of Climatology

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Using the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)/National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) dataset over the period 1968–1998, the basic relationships between July and September monsoon circulation variations over West Africa and monthly meridional distribution of moist static energy (MSE) content in the boundary layer are portrayed. Wet minus dry stratified analyses relative to Sudan–Sahel rainfall show that particular April–June meridional patterns of near-surface MSE contents, south of 10°N, could control the amplitude and timing of the monsoon rainy season. Relative to the driest July–September situations, the wettest ones have been, on average, preceded by delayed but more intense spring–summer surface cooling and surface dryness.
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