Is Interannual Zonal Mean Flow Variability Simply Climate Noise?

Steven B. Feldstein
2000 Journal of Climate  
This study uses National Centers for Environmental Prediction-National Center for Atmospheric Research reanalysis data to investigate the extent to which interannual zonal index (ZI) fluctuations occur in the atmosphere and whether interannual ZI fluctuations can be accounted for by climate noise associated with the intraseasonal ZI. By using an empirical orthogonal function analysis, it is shown that the ZI is indeed a prominent form of interannual variability, because the interannual ZI
more » ... nterannual ZI corresponds to EOF1 (EOF2) for the winter (summer) seasons of both hemispheres. Also, by application of spectral, correlation, and 2 analyses, it is shown that interannual ZI variability can be interpreted as arising from climate noise.
doi:10.1175/1520-0442(2000)013<2356:iizmfv>;2 fatcat:5nivae4osbdxvd4bf7dudw36uq