A model of Rocky Mountain lee cyclogenesis

P. R. Bannon

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A quasi-geostrophic model of cyclogenesis in the lee of the Rocky Mountains treats the cyclogenesis as a forecasting problem and uses an initial value approach. The model consists of the interaction of a growing baroclininc wave with an infinitely long mountain ridge. This transient interaction simulates many of the observed features of the phenomena, including the formation of a lee trough concurrent with the poleward displacement of the incident low on the upstream side of the mountain and the development of a lee cyclone equatorward of the unperturbed storm track. Despite this development, the low is weakened by its interaction with the orography. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1510-1522
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number16
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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