Articles | Volume 16, issue 22
Research article
25 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 25 Nov 2016

Movement, drivers and bimodality of the South Asian High

Matthias Nützel, Martin Dameris, and Hella Garny

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Using seven reanalyses, we study the movement and drivers of the upper tropospheric–lower stratospheric anticyclone (AC) that forms during the Asian summer monsoon and is debated to be an important pathway for air masses to the stratosphere. We find that the distribution of the AC's centre position, and especially the so-called bimodality, largely depends on the reanalysis. Furthermore, we can connect shifts of the AC to precipitation and convection anomalies over India and the western Pacific.
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