Enhanced internal gravity wave activity and breaking over the northeastern Pacific–eastern Asian region
- 1Department of Atmospheric Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, V Holesovickach 2, Prague 180 00, Czech Republic
- 2University of Leipzig, Institute of Meteorology, Stephanstr. 3, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Abstract. We have found a stratospheric area of anomalously low annual cycle amplitude and specific dynamics in the stratosphere over the northeastern Pacific–eastern Asia coastal region. Using GPS radio occultation density profiles from the Formosat Satellite Mission 3/Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC), we have discovered an internal gravity wave (IGW) activity and breaking hotspot in this region. Conditions supporting orographic wave sourcing and propagation were found. Other possible sources of wave activity in this region are listed.
The reasons why this particular IGW activity hotspot was not discovered before as well as why the specific dynamics of this region have not been pointed out are discussed together with the weaknesses of using the mean potential energy as a wave activity proxy. Possible consequences of the specific dynamics in this region on the middle atmospheric dynamics and transport are outlined.