Dynamics of Synoptic Eddy and Low-Frequency Flow Interaction. Part II: A Theory for Low-Frequency Modes
Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Amidst stormy atmospheric circulation, there are prominent recurrent patterns of variability in the planetary circulation, such as the Antarctic Oscillation (AAO), Arctic Oscillation (AO) or North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), and Pacific-North America (PNA) pattern. The role of the synoptic eddy and low-frequency flow (SELF) feedback in the formation of these dominant low-frequency modes is investigated in this paper using the linear barotropic model with the SELF-feedback proposed in Part I. It
... posed in Part I. It is found that the AO-like and AAO-like leading singular modes of the linear dynamical system emerge from the stormy background flow as the result of a positive SELF-feedback. This SELFfeedback also prefers a PNA-like singular vector among other modes as well under the climatological conditions of northern winters. A model with idealized conditions of basic mean flow and activity of synoptic eddy flow and a prototype model are also used to illustrate that there is a natural scale selection for the AAO-and AO-like modes through the positive SELF-feedback. The zonal scale of the localized features in the Atlantic (Southern Indian Ocean) for AO (AAO) are largely related to the zonal extent of the enhanced storm track activity in the region. The meridional dipole structures of AO-and AAO-like low-frequency modes are favored because of the scale-selective positive SELF-feedback, which can be heuristically understood by the tilted-trough mechanism.