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Thomas Jung and Peter B. Rhines

1. Introduction The Pacific and Atlantic maritime storm tracks represent amplification of transient cyclonic systems, shaped and guided by the stationary waves of the winter circulation. The earth’s orography, and the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean heat sources, both strongly influence the stationary waves (e.g., Held et al. 2002 ). Greenland, the largest island in the world, extends one-quarter of the distance between the North Pole and equator, or 2500 km. The solid earth is below sea level in

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