Antarctic mesocyclone regimes from satellite and convectional data

M. Fitch, A. M. Carleton

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This analysis indicates that during active or outbreak periods, a negative thickness anomaly ("cold pool') is located northeast of the Ross Sea, and mesoscale vortices tend to occur on the poleward side of that anomaly. In addition, an enhanced trough-ridge pattern is evident for the Ross Sea sector compared with the composite pattern for inactive, or dearth, periods. The active periods of mesoscale vortices appear to originate from Antarctica, possibly via the persistent katabatic outflows from the ice sheet, rather than from teleconnections to lower latitudes. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-196
Number of pages17
JournalTellus, Series A
Volume44 A
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Atmospheric Science


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