Quasi-periodic, global oscillations in sea level pressure on intraseasonal timescales

Kiranmayi, L. ; Bhat, G. S. (2009) Quasi-periodic, global oscillations in sea level pressure on intraseasonal timescales Climate Dynamics, 32 (7-8). pp. 925-934. ISSN 0930-7575

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The sea level pressure (SLP) variability in 30-60 day intraseasonal timescales is investigated using 25 years of reanalysis data addressing two issues. The first concerns the non-zero zonal mean component of SLP near the equator and its meridional connections, and the second concerns the fast eastward propagation (EP) speed of SLP compared to that of zonal wind. It is shown that the entire globe resonates with high amplitude wave activity during some periods which may last for few to several months, followed by lull periods of varying duration. SLP variations in the tropical belt are highly coherent from 25°S to 25°N, uncorrelated with variations in mid latitudes and again significantly correlated but with opposite phase around 60°S and 65°N. Near the equator (8°S-8°N), the zonal mean contributes significantly to the total variance in SLP, and after its removal, SLP shows a dominant zonal wavenumber one structure having a periodicity of 40 days and EP speeds comparable to that of zonal winds in the Indian Ocean. SLP from many of the atmospheric and coupled general circulation models show similar behaviour in the meridional direction although their propagation characteristics in the tropical belt differ widely.

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Keywords:Sea Level Pressure (SLP); Intraseasonal Oscillation; Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO); Tropical-extra-tropical Connection; Global Oscillation
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