Mesoscale temperature fluctuations in the Southern Hemisphere stratosphere
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA
- 5320 E. Calle Manzana, Hereford, AZ 85615-9514, USA
Abstract. Isentrope surfaces in the Southern Hemisphere stratosphere reveal that air parcels undergo mesoscale temperature fluctuations that depend on latitude and season. The largest temperature fluctuations occur at high latitude winter, whereas the smallest fluctuations occur at high latitude summer. This is the same pattern found for the Northern Hemisphere stratosphere. However, the amplitude of the seasonal dependence in the Southern Hemisphere is only 37% of the Northern Hemisphere's seasonal amplitude.