Northern winter stationary waves: Theory and modeling

Isaac M. Held, Mingfang Ting, Hailan Wang

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A review is provided of stationary wave theory, the theory for the deviations from zonal symmetry of the climate. To help focus the discussion the authors concentrate exclusively on northern winter. Several theoretical issues, including the external Rossby wave dispersion relation and vertical structure, critical latitude absorption, the nonlinear response to orography, and the interaction of forced wave trains with preexisting zonal asymmetries, are chosen for discussion while simultaneously presenting a decomposition of the wintertime stationary wave field using a nonlinear steady-state model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2125-2144
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Climate
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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