Centres of monsoon depressions as seen in satellite pictures
In satellite pictures of monsoon depressions, the centre of the depression is generally inferred by the curvature of the cumuliform bands in the northern half of the depression field. The positions of the depression centres determined from satellite pictures are found in a majority of cases located southwest of the centre on the sea level isobaric chart. The shear winds between 850 and 500-mb levels do not define any closed circulation whose centre could correspond to the depression centre derived from satellite pictures. The satellite determined centre appears to be close to the centre of the depression at 700 or 500mb level.. The results are tentative as they are based on very limited observations.
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