The observed structure of tropospheric stationary waves and the local balances of vorticity and heat.

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Abstract

The physical structure and the associated transport properties of stationary waves in the troposphere are described using circulation statistics compiled from twice-daily hemispheric analyses covering 11 winters. The distributions of standing eddy meridonial transports in middle latitudes are characterized by momentum flux convergence and equatorward geopotential energy transports in the upper troposhpere, and by polarward heat fluxes at the lower levels. The henispheric distributions of the diabetic heating deduced from the heat budget are indicative of the central role of geographically fixed influences such as ocean currents and sea-land contacts. - from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)996-1016
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science

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