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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-867-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-867-2017
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20 Jan 2017
Research article |  | 20 Jan 2017

The dynamical impact of Rossby wave breaking upon UK PM10 concentration

Christopher P. Webber, Helen F. Dacre, William J. Collins, and Giacomo Masato

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The influence of synoptic meteorology on UK PM10 concentration ([PM110]) is analysed. ERA-Interim reanalysis data are used to detect upper-tropospheric wave breaking that explains much of the UK winter synoptic meteorological variability. Wave breaking is shown to positively impact UK [PM10], with a persistent Ω block feature resulting in the greatest probability of exceeding a hazardous UK [PM10]. The meteorological dynamics of UK PM10 exceedances are better understood following this study.
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