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Laurie Agel, Vianney Lopez, Mathew Barlow, and Frank Colby

Abstract

The links between daily ozone levels in Southern California and atmospheric circulation at regional and large scales are examined for July–September 1994–2001. The monitoring station in Pasadena is used as the primary basis for ozone analysis; comparison with other stations validates its representativeness for Southern California. Comparing the 10% of highest-ozone days with the 10% of lowest-ozone days for Pasadena reveals a large regional difference in 700-hPa vertical velocity over Southern California, consistent with changes to the ventilation and depth of the boundary layer. Analysis of the associated changes in midlevel (500 hPa) circulation reveals near-continental-scale differences, with very large modifications in the strength and position of the North American anticyclone. These links between daily ozone levels and regional and large-scale atmospheric circulation features suggest the potential for using currently available medium-range weather forecasts in ozone prediction.

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