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Jean Thiébaux, Eric Rogers, Wanqiu Wang, and Bert Katz

A new blended high-resolution real-time global sea surface temperature analysis (RTG_SST), developed specifically for use in operational numerical weather forecasting models, was implemented in NCEP's operational job stream on 30 January 2001, immediately following investigations of miss-forecast precipitation events in the mid-Atlantic states. Each daily analysis uses the most recent 24-h receipts of in situ and satellite-derived surface temperature data and provides a global SST field on a 0.5° × 0.5° (latitude-longitude) grid. The RTG_SST provides the sea surface temperature fields for the regional Meso Eta Model, replacing the previously used National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) 50-km satellite-only SST analysis.

Forecast events leading to the implementation of the RTG_SST are described; comparison is made of the properties used in this new analysis with those of the Reynolds-Smith (RS) analysis and the NESDIS 50-km analysis; data ingestion, analysis, and verification components of the RTG_SST are reviewed; and analysis-related products and data that are available via the NCEP Web site are referenced.

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Richard S. Lindzen, David M. Straus, and Bert Katz


Analyzed global data from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts for the FGGE year are projected onto Hough functions at each synoptic time and the time series filtered to retain all westward propagating components on time scales less than seasonal. The evolution of Hough mode phase agrees closely with Rossby wave theory whenever the amplitudes are not small. The evolution of the wave amplitude is described as irregular vacillation. The first three zonal and meridional wavenumbers are studied. The total Rossby wave field can be as large as 130 m and can potentially explain a significant part of observed, persistent anomalies.

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