Antarctic Peninsula mesoscale cyclone variability and climatic impacts influenced by the SAM

Citation:
Lubin, D, Wittenmyer RA, Bromwich DH, Marshall GJ.  2008.  Antarctic Peninsula mesoscale cyclone variability and climatic impacts influenced by the SAM. Geophysical Research Letters. 35

Date Published:

Jan

Keywords:

hemisphere annular mode, temperatures, trends

Abstract:

The frequency of mesoscale cyclones in the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) region during 1991-94 is correlated with the Southern Hemisphere Annular Mode (SAM) index, most strongly during winter and spring. Also, during periods of positive SAM index polarity there is a shift in the storm tracks to favor more east-bound trajectories, consistent with strengthening of circumpolar westerlies. The presence of mesoscale cyclones is associated with positive near-surface-air temperature anomalies in the WAP region year-round, largest during winter.

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DOI:

10.1029/2007gl032170

Scripps Publication ID:

L02808