Articles | Volume 16, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8447–8460, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8447–8460, 2016

Research article 12 Jul 2016

Research article | 12 Jul 2016

On the climatological probability of the vertical propagation of stationary planetary waves

Khalil Karami et al.

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We introduce a diagnostic tool to assess in a climatological framework the optimal propagation conditions for stationary planetary waves. Analyzing 50 winters using NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data we demonstrate several problematic features of the refractive index of Rossby waves. We introduced the Rossby waves membership value function to calculate the optimal propagation conditions for Rossby waves. Sensitivity of our diagnostic tool to strong and weak vortex regimes are examined.
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