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J. P. Koermer, A. Kasahara, and S. K. Kao

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A primitive equation spectral model using spherical harmonics is formulated to study dynamic interactions between the troposphere and stratosphere in association with sudden stratospheric warmings. Using sigma coordinates for five tropospheric layers and log-pressure coordinates for 26 stratospheric and mesospheric layers separate model equations for each system are combined to form single matrix governing equations. The gradual introduction of large scale topography to balanced initial states representative of observed mean winter conditions in the Northern Hemisphere is used for the generation of planetary waves during 40-day time integrations. Results of these integrations indicate that stratospheric warnings can be simulated by this orographic forcing and that mean momentum flux divergence due to zonal mean motion appears to be an essential mechanism of these simulated sudden warmings. It was found that the strength of the polar night jet can be, a determining factor whether a warming becomes “major” or “minor.”

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S. K. Kao, C. N. Chi, and W. M. Washington

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An analysis of the three-dimensional, large-scale movement of air particles for the winter months with the NCAR general circulation model indicates that the horizontal movement of particles in the upper troposphere is greatly affected by wave motion in mid- and high latitudes, by the field of horizontal convergence and divergence, and by mean meridional circulation in the tropics. The mean center of mass of particles in both hemispheres generally moves toward respective poles and the mean squire of the meridional component of the particle distances generally decreases with increasing time, indicating the effect of horizontal convergence on particle movement near the subtropics. The vertical movement of the particles is affected by upward motion near the thermal equator and downward motion near the subtropical region in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The vertical dispersion is most intense in the tropics and decreases toward the poles. There are two maxima of particle accumulation, one occurring near 15°N, the other near 30°S, and a minimum accumulation of particles appears near the thermal equator, indicating the effects of the divergence field and meridional circulation between the thermal equator and the subtropics.

The mean squares of zonal, meridional and vertical components of the distance for dusty” of particles released at the equator and 45°N appear to consist of two components, a monotonicaly increasing component due essentially to the effect of turbulent diffusion, and a periodic component due primarily to the horizontal velocity convergence and divergence of mean motion.

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