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ELMAR R. REITER

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A review is given of mathematical expressions for total and mean specific kinetic energies in the longitudinal, time, and mixed longitudinal-time domains. These coordinate domains differ from those defined earlier by Oort. Mathematical developments are extended into the vertical coordinate domain. A new symbolism is introduced for describing mean and eddy motions.

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Elmar R. Reiter

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Following the perturbation theory, the aircraft measurements of “Project Jet Stream” Flight No. 29 (4 April 1957) have been analyzed, applying a double-smoothing technique, thus treating the basic fields of flow and temperature separately from the superimposed mesoscale disturbances. Analyses of wind velocity and potential temperature lead to estimates of the distributions of vorticity, potential vorticity and divergence in a vertical cross-section. Several inferences are made as to the meso-structure of the atmosphere near the jet-stream core.

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Elmar R. Reiter

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Elmar R. Reiter

Mountain ranges and high plateaus influence atmospheric circulation patterns on all scales, ranging from ultralong planetary waves to small turbulent eddies. Some of these effects are brought about simply by orographic obstacles acting as barriers to the flow. Of equal importance, however, are the thermal effects of elevated land masses, which can generate considerable baroclinicity. Various time scales have to be considered in the thermal forcing of the atmosphere by large elevated land masses. Diurnal variations of the heating and cooling cycle have been shown to be prominent factors over Tibet. On time scales from days to weeks, the Northern Hemisphere plateaus seem to influence the monsoon circulations. There are strong indications that interseasonal “memory” exists in the heat balance of plateaus that might affect seasonally abnormal monsoon behavior. Such “memory” could be caused by feedback between thermal effects of land masses and “near-resonant” planetary waves.

In order to assess the thermal impact of mountains and plateaus, we need considerably more detailed knowledge of the energy transfer processes between the valley atmosphere, the yet poorly delineated planetary boundary layer over mountains, and the “free atmosphere.” To achieve such knowledge, experimental and theoretical studies involving micro-, meso-, and macroscales will have to intermesh more closely than in the past.

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Elmar R. Reiter

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It is shown that long-term trends in the meridional components of the trade wind circulations in both hemisphere over the Pacific are highly correlated with the precipitation falling in the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) over that region. The trends in the trade wind regime, on the one hand, seem to be caused by extratropical sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies in the North Pacific which influence atmospheric meridional temperature and pressure gradients. On the other hand, the release of latent heat in the ITCZ provides a self-enforcing feedback for the trade winds.

A study of the recurrence frequency of precipitation surges over the Line Islands suggests the presence of three epoch (1911–28, 1929–62, 1963 to present) during which the Hadley cell circulation and attendant meteorological and oceanographic features showed different characteristics.

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Elmar R. Reiter

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Precipitation surges in the equatorial Pacific “dry zone” (as delineated in a study by Doberitz) reveal statistically significant teleconnections with midlatitude tropospheric flow patterns during all seasons. These connections are strongest, however, during winter and agree with linear numerical model results. There is evidence that deep troughs in the central North Pacific antecede precipitation surges in the equatorial dry zone during that season, suggesting the possibility of triggering of such surges by middle latitude planetary-wave perturbations. Nonlinear numerical model results also indicate that the midlatitude planetary-wave response is strongest when North Pacific cold sea-surface temperature anomalies and equatorial East Pacific warm anomalies are present simultaneously.

The planetary-wave pattern associated with equatorial Pacific precipitation surges appears to be in phase with orographically generated wave patterns, whereas an anomalous low-latitude heat source over the extreme equatorial west Pacific, the Bay of Bengal and India, corresponding to rainfall during an active phase of the Indian monsoon, tends to be associated with wave perturbations out-of-phase with orographic forcing.

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Elmar R. Reiter

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During September 1961 a series of balloon ascents made from Flin Flon, Canada, carrying scintillation counters sensitive to gamma radiation, revealed the existence of shallow stable atmospheric layers carrying radioactive debris, presumably from the Russian test series during the same month.

The debris layers encountered on 14 and 15 September have been studied in particular. The debris detected over Flin Flon on 14 September, 2221 GCT, at 650 mb had undergone strong sinking motion. One may conclude that it came from the region immediately underneath the tropopause shortly prior to 13 September, 12 GCT, entering the middle troposphere through the stable layer underneath the jet core, sometimes referred to as a “jet-stream front.”

Beginning with 17 September a distinct area of radioactive fallout begins to appear at the surface over the eastern United States. Some of this debris seems to be identical with the one detected over Flin Flon, and it apparently was transported by the same jet stream. Part of the fallout seems to be associated with a small collapsing cold dome travelling ahead of this jet stream.

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Elmar R. Reiter

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Evidence is derived from observational data that the trade wind circulations in both hemispheres over the Pacific are related to the sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies in the North Pacific. The equatorward component of the surface trade winds leads the North Pacific SST anomalies by approximately 20 months, equivalent to the half-rotation time of the Pacific gyre.

Long-term trends in the Pacific trade wind regime appear to have an influence on hemispheric and global mean temperatures. The trade wind anomalies also seem to be tied to meridional atmospheric pressure- and temperature-gradient anomalies which, in turn, appear to respond to anomalies in the meridional SST gradients. Thus a closed feedback loop is demonstrated, in which SST anomalies in the North Pacific generate trade wind anomalies which promote the development of North Pacific SST anomalies of opposite sign. The trade wind surges also are related to El Niño through a feedback involving the hydrological cycle and upwelling of cold water forced by Ekman pumping.

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Elmar R. Reiter

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The three-dimensional wind field in the vicinity of the jet stream is defined with the aid of four parameters: mean wind speed and direction, thickness, and mean altitude of the Layer of Maximum Wind (LMW). Routine methods of analysis of these quantities are discussed in view of the reliability of available wind data, and a statistical treatment of these quantities reveals the mean horizontal and vertical structure of the LMW. Forecasts of the LMW are attempted by means of a grid or “box” method, and a control-line method.

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Elmar R. Reiter and Anne Burns

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Measurements of clear-air turbulence spectra conducted by a Canberra aircraft over Australia between July and October 1963 reveal the existence of a wavelength region from somewhat less than 1000 ft to 4000 ft, in which the atmosphere receives turbulent energy. It is suggested that this energy stems from gravitational shearing waves which break up into turbulent eddies below a critical wavelength. The energies of these turbulent eddies seem to he well represented by a proportionality to k −5/3, characteristic of the inertial subrange of turbulence.

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