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A new model of the Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO) is presented. Cloudradiation interactions in this model make the tropical atmosphere susceptible to large-scale radiative-convective overturning. The modeled MJO takes the form of such an instability, though its behavior is substantially modified by the effects of surface heat flux variability. The dynamics of the disturbance in the model are quasi-balanced, in the sense that the low-level flow in the disturbance is more associated with thedoi:10.1175/1520-0469(2001)058<2807:anmotm>2.0.co;2 fatcat:774jp7zmxvgsdb2j3lemtzbtzi