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Balachandran et al. 1991

Balachandran, N.K., R.A. Plumb, R. Suozzo, and D. Rind, 1991: The QBO and stratospheric warming. J. Geomag. Geoelectr., 43, no. Suppl. 2, 741-757.

Detailed studies of a wave-2 stratospheric warming simulated by a general circulation model of the middle atmosphere are presented. The December-January warming is preceded by increases in both wave-1 and wave-2 amplitudes several days prior to the warming. The warming peaks with a maximum in wave-2 amplitude, wave propagation towards the pole as shown by E-P flux vectors and increased E-P flux convergence.

Forcing the tropical winds to correspond to the QBO patterns significantly alter the warming event. The warming is strengthened during the easterly phase of the QBO and weakened during the westerly phase. For the upper stratospheric warming of this study, the important factor seems to be the presence of easterlies near the equator around 40 km altitude, but the mechanism by which the equatorial winds influence the stratospheric warming is not clear.

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  author={Balachandran, N. K. and Plumb, R. A. and Suozzo, R. and Rind, D.},
  title={The QBO and stratospheric warming},
  journal={J. Geomag. Geoelectr.},
  number={Suppl. 2},

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ID  - ba06000k
AU  - Balachandran, N. K.
AU  - Plumb, R. A.
AU  - Suozzo, R.
AU  - Rind, D.
PY  - 1991
TI  - The QBO and stratospheric warming
JA  - J. Geomag. Geoelectr.
VL  - 43
IS  - Suppl. 2
SP  - 741
EP  - 757
ER  -

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