Interannual Variations of Mean Monthly Sea-Level Pressure in January

Harry Van Loon National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO 80307

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Abstract

The standard deviations of mean sea-level pressure in January are compared for five discrete 16-year periods between 1901 and 1980. The changes from one period to another are large and larger in the North Atlantic than in the North Pacific Ocean. The differences between the periods are associated with variations in the position and central pressure of the Aleutian and Icelandic lows. There is no consistent link between the two lows as their central pressure varied in parallel till the late 1930s and oppositely thereafter.

Abstract

The standard deviations of mean sea-level pressure in January are compared for five discrete 16-year periods between 1901 and 1980. The changes from one period to another are large and larger in the North Atlantic than in the North Pacific Ocean. The differences between the periods are associated with variations in the position and central pressure of the Aleutian and Icelandic lows. There is no consistent link between the two lows as their central pressure varied in parallel till the late 1930s and oppositely thereafter.

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