Origin of the Summertime Synoptic-Scale Wave Train in the Western North Pacific*

Tim Li
2006 Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences  
The origin of the summertime synoptic wave train in the western North Pacific is investigated with a multilevel, nonlinear baroclinic model. A realistic three-dimensional summer mean state is specified and eigenvectors are calculated by introducing small perturbation initially to the model. Numerical experiments indicate that the origin of the synoptic wave train may arise from instability of the summer mean flow in the presence of a convection-frictional convergence (CFC) feedback. In the lack
more » ... edback. In the lack of the CFC feedback, the summer mean flow supports only a least damped mode, characterized by a northwest-southeast-oriented wave train pattern with a zonal wavelength of 2500 km. In the presence of both the realistic summer mean flow and the CFC feedback, the model reproduces a fast growing mode, whose structure and propagation characters are similar to the observed. Sensitivity experiments with different initial perturbation patterns indicate that the model solution is not sensitive to initial conditions. Further sensitivity experiments reveal that the basic-state vertical shear may affect the growth rate and propagation character of the wave train. An easterly shear may lead to a faster growth and northwestward phase propagation, whereas a westerly shear may favor a slower growth and southeastward phase propagation.
doi:10.1175/jas3676.1 fatcat:zozaelamrfhbjfpe626jjve34u