Stationary external Rossby waves in vertical shear.

I. M. Held, P. L. Panetta, R. T. Pierrehumbert

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The structure of stationary Rossby waves in the presence of a mean westerly zonal flow with vertical shear is examined. There is typically only one stationary vertical mode, the external mode, trapped within the troposphere. For more than one tropospheric mode to exist, we find that vertical shears must be smaller than those usually observed in extratropical latitudes. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-883
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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