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Tropospheric patterns associated with cold fronts that generate intense rains in Cuba and their relationship with the NAO.
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1  Institute of Meteorology of Cuba
Academic Editor: Anthony Lupo


Cold fronts are the meteorological systems that affect the country in the dry season, which when combined with other meteorological conditions or local factors can generate precipitation, which is sometimes greater than 100 mm in 24 hours. Some studies have analyzed the synoptic patterns associated with cold fronts that generate heavy rains in Cuba and the internal structure of these patterns. Similarly, from the 1990s, studies associated with the behavior of the NAO teleconnection event within the winter period and the systems that are developed in it increased. However, the incidence of this event in the cold fronts that generate intense rains in Cuba in the winter period 1980-1981 to 2016-2017 has not been taken into account. For this, the tropospheric patterns associated with these winter systems were identified, the behavior of this event was characterized in those winter seasons with intense rains and the mean field of temperature, humidity, wind and its derivatives associated with these meteorological systems when they generate rains intense and its relationship with said teleconnective event. The results obtained show that the NAO teleconnective event in the study period showed preference to be negative. The temperature, the relative humidity, and the fields derived from the wind presented homogeneity in the two phases of this event.

Keywords: cold front, heavy rains, synoptic patterns, NAO.