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1994 Antarctic MERRA Heat Flux

Daily progression

The daily progression through the 1994 ozone hole season of the various heat flux statistics, comparing 1994 to the climatology of all other years. Clicking a link will bring up, in a new window, a PDF vector plot or a plain-text ASCII data file that is suitable for input into any program.

45-day total eddy heat flux

The eddy heat flux averaged between 45°S and 75°S for the 45-day period prior to the date indicated. (Plot is shown for 1 April–31 December on the 100-hPa surface.)

45-day wave 1–3 eddy heat flux

The waves 1–3 eddy heat flux averaged between 45°S and 75°S for the 45-day period prior to the date indicated. The lower wave numbers tend to dominate the total eddy heat flux and generally show a better relationship with temperature. PLot is shown for 1 April–31 December on the 100-hPa surface.)

total eddy heat flux

The eddy heat flux averaged between 45°S and 75°S. (Plot is shown for 1 April–31 December on the 100-hPa surface.)

wave 1–3 eddy heat flux

The waves 1–3 eddy heat flux averaged between 45°S and 75°S. The lower wave numbers tend to dominate the total eddy heat flux and generally show a better relationship with temperature. (Plot is shown for 1 April–31 December on the 100-hPa surface.)

Data description

Variations of temperature are strongly affected by weather systems in the troposphere. Very large-scale weather systems or waves can move or propagate upward into the stratosphere. The upward propagation of these weather systems warms the polar region. We measure this upward flow of wave energy with the eddy heat flux. The eddy heat flux is the product of north-south (meridional) wind departures and temperature departures from their respective zonal-mean values. There is a strong anticorrelation between stratospheric temperature and the 45-day average of the eddy heat flux lagged prior to the temperature. A more negative value of eddy heat flux indicates that wave systems are moving into the stratosphere and are warming the polar region.

Data source

MERRA is a NASA reanalysis for the satellite era using a major new version of the Goddard Earth Observing System Data Assimilation System Version 5 (GEOS-5). The project focuses on historical analyses of the hydrological cycle in a broad range of weather and climate time scales. It places modern observing systems (such as EOS suite of observations in a climate context. Since these data are from a reanalysis, they are not up-to-date. So, we supplement with the GEOS-5 FP data that are also produced by the GEOS-5 model in near real time. These products are produced by the NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO).

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