Baroclinic flow over a mountain ridge

P. R. Bannon, J. A. Zehnder

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If the Rossby number squared is small, the equation for the vertical displacement of a fluid parcel is elliptic if there is forward shear (wind increasing with height) or weak backward shear (wind decreasing with height) but hyperbolic if there is strong backward shear such that the incident wave vanishes at some level in the flow. Steady-state results indicate that forward shear weakens the cold-core geostrophic mountain anticyclone predicted by barotropic theory while weak backshear strengthens it. This behaviour arises from the warm-(cold-) air advection in the forward (backward) shear case. While the total ageostrophic flux of mass across the mountain peak is greater for the forward shear case, the maximum ageostrophic cross-mountain wind is less. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-714
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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